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December 15, 2021. Reflections by Transracially Adopted Adults. The Washington Post this week published an interactive article entitled, "I Know My Parents Love Me But They Don't Love My People." Featuring interviews with adoptees of color who were adopted by white parents, the article included accounts by Angela Tucker, who founded a consulting service which offers information to adoption related groups as well as individual consultations on adoption related questions, as well as observations by Elizabeth Raleigh, author of Selling Transracial Adoption: Families, Markets, and the Color Line. To access the article, please click here.

December 9, 2021. How to Avoid Adoption Fraud. The FBI has issued a circular exposing common adoption fraud schemes so that prospective adoptive parents can "learn what to look out for, how to protect yourself and your family, and what to do if you're a victim." To access the circular, please click here.

December 8, 2021. A Shadow Foster Care System. We were interested in an article that appeared last week in the New York Times about what was called the "shadow foster care system," described as a system where social workers informally place a child at risk in her family home into another home. This form of "rehoming" robs the child of the legal protections of formal foster care as well as the services that are available for foster children. According to the authors, "states have increasingly institutionalized hidden foster care, through statutes and departmental policies." To read the article, please click here.

December 6, 2021. Saluting An Adoption Pioneer. For over four decades Susan Soonkeum Cox has been at the forefront advocating for orphaned and vulnerable children. Cox was one of the first Korean adoptees to come to the United States through what would become the Holt International Children's Services. In 1976 she was the first adoptee elected to serve on the Holt Board of Directors. Eight years later she was appointed to Holt's staff as Director of Development. Most recently she has served as Holt's Vice President of Policy and External Affairs. Through the years Cox has received numerous awards, including becoming Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare as U.S. spokesperson for Korean adoption for Olympic Games in 1988; In 2005 was selected as an "Honorary Citizen of Seoul"; appointed as an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Korea in Oregon in 2013; received "Award of Merit" by Ministry of Health & Welfare in 2020; currently serves on the Governor's Oregon Commission of Asian and Pacific Islanders. To read more about Cox's career, please click here.

December 2, 2021. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar Introduce Children in Family Security Act. We are delighted to share the press release issued today by Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) introducing the Children in Family Security Bill which is designed to enhance diplomatic efforts to strengthen families, child welfare systems aboard an international adoption. As Senator Blunt said, "Every child deserves a permanent, safe, loving home no matter where they are born. Unfortunately, there are millions of children across the world who are growing up without the security and stability of a family." Senator Klobuchar, for her part, stated "We must continue to strengthen opportunities for international adoption." The legislation has been endorsed by the Center for Adoption Policy as well as by the National Council for Adoption, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Bethany Christian Services, Nourished Hearts, and Gladney Center for Adoption. To access the legislation, please click here.

November 18, 2021. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Marking National Adoption Month. For the Seventh consecutive year Senators Roy Blunt (R. Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D. Minn.) have introduced a resolution making November as National Adoption Month and Saturday, November 20, as National Adoption Day. As Co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Senators Blunt and Klobuchar have been two of the most stalwart supporters of adoption as a way of creating permanent families for children. To read the resolution, please click here.

November 17, 2021. New Book on U.S. International Adoption and Immigration. We are proud to announce the publication of International Adoption And Other Immigration Options For Children, 2D Ed. (Ebook), published by the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. The chapters cover topics such as the history and trajectory of American international adoption, the relationship between Hague Adoption and Hague Abduction law, citizenship issues, questions pertaining to habitual residence and U and T asylum cases. CAP's Co-Executive Director Diane Kunz wrote the chapter on the history and trajectory of American international adoption. To obtain a copy, please click here.

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