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We know that news coverage and access to timely information drive awareness and, ultimately, the ability to influence positive change. Widely recognized as a leading authority on issues related to adoption, DAI is often featured in major media outlets. We also monitor, and share, developments in adoption and foster care policy, research, resources, as well as news, to keep practitioners, advocates, and those touched by adoption informed.
 

Adopted Romanian orphans ‘still suffering in adulthood’

BBC - 02/23/2017

While many of those who spent less than six months in an institution showed remarkable signs of recovery by the age of five or six, children who had spent longer periods in orphanages had far higher rates of social, emotional and cognitive problems during their lives.

Waldoboro man wants to help more adoptees access birth records

WCSH 6 - 02/21/2017

Randy Joubert is now working to change state law to allow adoptees under age 18 to see their real birth certificates. He says that for years birth certificates of adoptees have had the parents’ names changed to those of the adopting parents, and that original certificates have been sealed. The state changed the law in 2007 to allow adults to access their real birth records, and he says all adoptees should have the right to the real information, regardless of age.


Language Lessons Start in the Womb

The New York Times - 02/21/2017

By looking at international adoptees — babies who were adopted soon after birth and who grow up hearing a different language than what they heard in the womb — researchers can see how what babies hear before and soon after birth affects how they perceive sounds, giving new meaning to the idea of a “birth language.”

India adoption centre heads arrested over trafficking

Voice of Asia - 02/21/2017

Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country.


Georgia Families Appeal to Tillerson for Help Reversing Russian Adoption Ban

Global Atlanta - 02/17/2017

A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, this week sent a letter to new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for his help in finding a solution. Mr. Collins has been a tireless supporter of the orphans cause. Of the more than 40 families who had already had court cases when the ban took effect, four were located in Georgia, according to reports.

Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason

Los Angeles Times - 02/16/2017

Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data. The reason for that difference is a subject of dispute among child welfare professionals.


Has Trump Order Put Internationally-Adopted Children at Risk?

Public News Service - 02/16/2017

Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data. The reason for that difference is a subject of dispute among child welfare professionals.

Concord adoption agency closure causes widespread anxiety, confusion across the US

East Bay Times - 02/13/2017

The abrupt closure of the Independent Adoption Center in Concord has shocked prospective parents across the United States who had paid the agency thousands of dollars to help them adopt a baby.


State Rep Wants To Create “Fostels”

KTSA - 02/10/2017

It’s Governor Greg Abbott’s top priority for the Texas Legislature this session–and, a North Texas State Representative thinks he has part of the solution for making improvements at the State’s troubled Child Protective Services. Collin County’s Scott Sanford calls them “Fostels.” “A fostel will be a volunteer home that has been cleared to house children in CPS care for no more than two weeks” Sanford said in rolling out his bill at the State Capitol in Austin Wednesday Afternoon.

My Voice: Strengthen, don’t limit foster families

Argus Leader - 02/10/2017

The bill would allow an adoption agency to turn away a loving aunt who could provide the best home for her nephew because she’s divorced. It could be used to stand in the way of adoption by interfaith families, or allow an adoption agency of one faith to say “no” to parents of another. It’s wrong, and the people who will be hurt the most are the children in need of a home and the families who want to provide it.