June 30, 2015. JCICS Closes Its Doors Today. Joint Council for International Children's Services (JCICS or Joint Council) closes its doors today. For forty years, JCICS fought on behalf of children who did not have permanent, loving families. We were proud to work alongside JCICS on many occasions, such as during the Haiti crisis, over the Guatemala and Vietnam closures, to make sure TB testing was fairer and to try to get the CHIFF bill passed. The adoption community will miss this committed ally.
June 29, 2015. Supreme Court Victory for Children. Last weeks' Supreme Court victory in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage legal in all fifty states, was a victory for families and for the dignity of all. It took many years and many people. But we would like to mention one person who has done so much, Professor Joan Hollinger of UC Berkeley's law school. Joan's passion is for children to have loving families and for all families to enjoy the equal protection of the law. For decades she has been at the center of the fight for LGBT rights and was one of the key lawyers in the California cases and others which brought this victory. Joan has also been an advocate for adoption, having literally written the book (Joan H. Hollinger, Adoption Law and Practice, New York, 1997) on US adoption law. When there is a fight to improve the lives of children, Joan is there. We all owe Joan so much and are so grateful.
Center for Adoption Policy (CAP)