May 14, 2019. Good News From Congress. We have learned that the Adoptee Citizenship Act will be reintroduced later this spring. The ACA is intended to confer citizenship on international adoptees whose adoptive parents brought them to the United States with the proper USCIS and Department of State approvals but who then did not complete the final paperwork which would have gotten their children citizenship. Not to give these (now mainly former) children U.S. citizenship is truly a case of visiting the sins of the parents on the children. More updates will follow.
May 13, 2019. Real Housewife Story Illustrates a Citizenship Problem. We don't often discuss the Real Housewives series but the jam Joe Guidice is facing is one common to international adoptees. Joe, husband to Teresa Giudice of the New Jersey series just completed a 41 month sentence for fraud. Joe was born in Italy and came to the United States as a baby. His parents did not naturalize him and he did not file for citizenship once he married Teresa. Joe is now facing imminent deportation. This plight is familiar to the thousands of international adoptees whose adoptive parents did not complete their naturalization process for the children. More Information.
May 9, 2019. DOS Appeals Same-Sex Citizenship Case. The Department of State has appealed the decision of a California federal district court that recognized the citizenship of Ethan Dvash-Banks. As one article states, the government refuses to recognize the validity of Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks' marriage, and continues to defend its discriminatory policy, which conditions the recognition of birthright citizenship on a biological link to a U.S. citizen parent. Andrew Dvash-Banks, a U.S. citizen, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli citizen, had twin sons via surrogacy. However, the State Department only recognized Aiden's citizenship because of his biological connection to Andrew, and denied Ethan's. Immigration Equality challenged the decision on behalf of the family, and the district court determined that as a child born to a married U.S. citizen parent, Ethan Dvash-Banks was entitled to birthright citizenship." More Information.
May 8, 2019. Finding an African-American Sperm Donor is Not Easy. The linked article details the difficulties an African-American same-sex couple had in finding a donor that was African-American. The world of assisted reproductive science is constantly evolving with new issues coming to the fore such as DNA testing, donor confidentiality, and donor availability. To read the article, please click here.
May 7, 2019. New York Foster Children At Risk. A New York City Comptroller's report has revealed that the Administration for Children's Services continually sends abused and neglected children to foster parents without requiring proof of appropriate background checks or on-site visits on such parents. The report delineates that 89 out of 110 foster homes were not properly vetted. Some of the foster homes were allowed to operate for over a year without proper checks. As Comptroller Scott Stringer said, "ACS's lack of oversight enables a deficient foster-care system, where children can be placed in homes that don't measure up or meet their needs." Foster homes cost New York taxpayers around $1.1. billion annually. To read the report, please click here.
May 6, 2019. Adoption Accreditation of New Star Kefala Cancelled. IAMME (the accrediting body for the Department of State in its capacity as the U.S. Central Adoption Authority) has cancelled the accreditation of New Star Kefala "for failing to maintain substantial compliance with accreditation standards." DOS informs families as follows: "As a result of this cancellation, NSK must immediately cease to provide adoption services in connection with intercountry adoption cases. If you have an open case with NSK, please contact them directly to find out how the cancellation will affect your case. NSK is required to transfer its cases to another accredited provider. In addition, the agency must issue any reimbursements or refunds due to clients in accordance with 22 CFR 96.33(e) and 96.40(h). Families working with NSK should contact them directly with questions about case or record transfer. We also encourage families to review the information published by IAAME about selecting a primary provider/adoption service provider and the accreditation/approval requirements." More Information.
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