Adoption Support and Preservation Services
As part of its "Keeping the Promise" initiative, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is launching a nationwide effort – in partnership with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) – to preserve an essential tool for enabling children and youth to move from foster care into permanent, loving, successful families: state funding for adoption subsidies. more
On October 7, 2013, the Institute submitted comments, largely supporting and also offering recommendations, on Sen. Baucus’ (D-MT) Strengthening and Finding Families for Children Act discussion draft that would reauthorize the Adoption Incentives program, among other provisions.
The Institute submitted a letter in support of the Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act (H.R. 3205) to the House Ways and Means Committee on Sep. 30, 2013.
In August 2013, the Adoption Institute submitted comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, in support of and making recommendations on, a legislative proposal reauthorizing the Adoption Incentives program and requiring states to spend a portion of their savings from the AFDC/adoption assistance eligibility delink on post-adoption services.
The Adoption Institute submitted a letter on June 24, 2013 to U.S. House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee Office to Members of the Subcommittee on Human Resources regarding Adoption Incentives reauthorization legislation with the intent of increasing adoptions from foster care.
The Adoption Institute submitted a letter to the Missouri Governor in May 2013 in support of a bill before him for signature (SB47) which would provide subsidies to children’s qualified, nonrelated legal guardians (which would include foster parents).
The Adoption Institute submitted testimony on increasing adoptions from foster care to the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Human Resources related to its Feb. 27, 2013 hearing.
The Adoption Institute submitted a letter to Maine officials in January 2013 in response to a proposed $1.4 million cut in adoption subsidies for 900 Maine families who have adopted children from foster care. more
For the Records; Adult Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates
- The Institute held a panel discussion on restoring adult adoptee access to original birth certificates. more
- In January, the Adoption Institute provided written and in-person testimony by Executive Director Adam Pertman in Maryland on
HB0022, explaining the state of professional knowledge on the availability (or lack thereof) of original birth certificates (OBCs) to adopted persons once they reach the age of majority. The Institute also submitted testimony in Washington state on
SB 5118. The Institute’s advocacy on this issue is based on its research for
two of its publications.
- Washington SB 5118 OBC Letter to Senator Mike Carrell
- Washington SB 5118 OBC Submitted Testimony
- Maryland SB 165 Submitted Testimony
- Maryland SB 165 OBC Letter to Senator Brian E. Frosh
- Ohio SB 23 Submitted Testimony
- Ohio HB 61 Submitted Testimony
- Montana SB 384 Submitted Testimony
- Washington HB 1525 OBC Testimony for Human Services & Corrections Committee
- Submitted testimony to the Committee on Judiciary of the Maine House of Representatives
- Correspondence regarding S2490a for the New York State Senate Leadership Committee
- Adoption Institute Letter to the Maine Joint Committee on Judiciary re LD1068
Adoption by Gays & Lesbians
Policy & Practice
The Adoption Institute has been involved in formulating legislation, providing testimony and letters at the federal and state level on a variety of issues relating to adoption, as well as submitting information in legal cases. more