November 15, 2018. Foster Care Conference Tomorrow - Not a Minute Too Soon. The headline of this week's Durham, North Carolina newspaper reads, "Too Many Kids. Not Enough Parents. Durham's Foster Care System Is In Crisis, and There's No Easy Fix." Tomorrow the Center for Adoption Policy and Duke Law School host their annual conference on: Silent Victims: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption. We won't solve the problems but we are going to have very dedicated and experience people discussing what to do for children in foster care. We are taking next week off for Thanksgiving but immediately after we will be posting some of the highlights from the Conference.
November 14, 2018. An Adoptee Speaks About National Adoption Month. Stephanie Drenka, who was adopted from South Korea at age three months, has written an article giving her point of view on adoption in general and her own adoption in particular. We wholeheartedly agree with Stephanie that often the voices of adoptees are not heard. It is also very important to learn from Stephanie's birth story which highlights the many ways birth parents can choose adoption, not from governmental or external pressures but from family dynamics and the push for sons. To read the article, please click here.
November 13, 2018. Cambodian Authorities Arrest Fifteen People For Trafficking Through Surrogacy. Cambodian police arrested fifteen people and charged them with trafficking by their involvement in an illegal surrogacy scheme. Under the Cambodian law passed in 2016 surrogate mothers can be charged with trafficking and could serve up to 20 years in prison. These arrests follow a June raid which saw thirty women and a Chinese alleged ring-leader arrested. The impoverished women who agree to be surrogates may have no idea that they are breaking the law but Cambodian official Chou Bun Eng said that ignorance was not an excuse. More Information.
November 12, 2018. Latvia Issues New Adoption Regulations. The Department of State has informed us that the Latvian government has issued new regulations pertaining to international adoption. These new regulations will limit international adoption to three categories of children: "1) children living in institutions, for whom an adoptive family in Latvia cannot be found; 2) stepchildren of prospective adoptive parents; and 3) children from foster care, if the adoptive child is related to the prospective adoptive parents." DOS does not yet know if these new regulations will apply to in-process families. More Information.
November 8, 2018. November's National Adoption Month Events Highlight Congressional Coalition on Adoption. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption is the largest issue-oriented group of Senators and Representatives. The CCA is bi-partisan in goal and bi-partisan in fact. Its 160 Members are almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans and its co-chairs in both the House of Representatives and Senate are from both sides of the aisle: Senate Co-Chairs: Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) House Co-Chair: Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI). We salute the help the CCA members give to children who need permanent, loving homes. To download a list to learn whether your Representative or Senator belongs to the CCA, please click here.
November 7, 2018. Dilemma of Foster Care Placement. A British case highlights the problems foster care agencies can encounter in finding suitable placements. The Kent County social services council placed a baby, whose mentally ill mother could not care for him, with excellent foster parents. Now 15 months old, he is thriving in his loving home. But Judge Mary Lazarus has taken the council to task because neither the council nor the lawyers nor the child's guardian ad litem bothered to contact the birth mother's parents who might well have been suitable guardians. Reluctantly, Judge Lazarus agreed that the child should not be moved because he was thriving but she bemoaned the lost opportunity for kinship care. To read more, please click here.
November 6, 2018. Election Day. Today Americans vote for all House of Representatives members as well as one-third of the Senate. While adoption is not a key issue in any of the races, we are fully aware that important agenda items such as the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which failed to win approval this year and possible changes to the Families First Act as well as Department of State issues are to be decided in the next Congress. We hope that the new elected officials remember the importance of permanent loving families for unparented children once they are in office.
November 5, 2018. Success of IVF Has Decreased Interest in Adoption. The chief executive of the British Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has said that the increasing success rate of assisted reproduction (ART) has seriously diminished the interest level of heterosexual couples in adoption. Most potential adoptive parents view the adoption process as far less reliable and far more intrusive than ART. Furthermore, although Britain formally banned the practice of matching race/religion/socioeconomic status in 2014, many social workers still discourage transracial or trans religious adoptions. More Information.
November 1, 2018. Foster Care: Child Welfare's Responsibility and Challenge. Professor Johanna Greeson has co-authored an important article on what the Child Welfare community owes to foster children. Professor Greeson will be one of the speakers at our conference on Silent Victims: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption, to be held at Duke Law School on November 16. The article and registration can both be accessed at the link above.
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