April 10, 2019. New York State Debates Child - Parent Security Act. New York legislators are debating a new bill which would definitely alter the New York assisted reproductive technology legal landscape. The proposed legislation would accomplish two main goals: it would clarify and protect parental rights when a sperm donor, egg donor, or embryo donor is involved in conception, and it would legalize compensation for gestational surrogacy for the first time in New York. To read more about the bill, which has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, please click here.
April 9, 2019. Department of State Updates Many Country Pages. The Department of State announced today that it has updated the country pages for 20 countries which include Belarus, Estonia, Moldova, South Korea and Zambia. The statistical information on the country pages, however, has not yet been updated. To access these new country pages, please click here.
April 4, 2019. Article Assesses Condition of International Adoption. Author Jayme Metzgar has written a passionate article decrying the perilous state of international adoption to the United States. Titled "New Report Shows International Adoption Edging Closer to Extinction," this article attributes much of the blame for the catastrophic decline of international adoption to overregulation. Anyone interested should read this article to assess this dismal situation.
April 3, 2019. A Story With A Happy Ending. Liz Smith, Director of Nursing at a Massachusetts hospital, met baby Gisele two years ago. Gisele, who was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome because her birth mother had used heroine, cocaine and methadone during pregnancy, was a ward of the state. Gisele was developmentally delayed and needed extensive hospital care, for her weakened lungs and a feeding tube. No one ever visited Gisele except Ms. Smith who spent long hours with her. Gisele's birth parents lost their parental rights and Gisele was placed in foster care, with Ms. Smith, who successfully sought to adopt her. Fast forward 553 days and Gisele is now the adopted daughter of Liz Smith. To read this story, please click here.
April 2, 2012. "I Was Adopted, My Friend Was Not." Please read this moving article written by Ming Canaday, a young woman who was adopted from China as a pre-teen. Ming and her friend Chunchun both had polio and scoliosis. Once in the United States Ming had the necessary surgeries and therapy to thrive - she is now getting her Master's degree at the London School of Economics. Chunchun was not as fortunate. She never was sent to school, has gotten progressively more disabled and lives in a Chinese welfare institution. To read the article, please click here.
April 1, 2019. Dismal Reading. We have post the numbers from the Department of States Intercountry Adoption Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2018. As ever, it makes dismal reading. The numbers are down and poised to go lower since several countries, such as Ethiopia and Poland,that had open international adoption programs last year have closed their programs, in whole or in part. To read our summary and access the Report, please visit our Facts and Figures page.
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