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For Advocates of Gay Adoption, Progress but Also Obstacles

Associated Press - 06/17/2017

Same-sex couples are nearly three times as likely to adopt as heterosexual couples, says Gary Gates, a specialist in LGBT demography. His latest analysis of Census Bureau data indicates that in 2015, the year that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, there were 44,000 adopted children being raised by 28,000 same-sex couples. That number of children was double his estimate from 2013.

Dad meets daughter he never knew existed 40 years later

ABC News - 06/16/2017

Same-sex couples are nearly three times as likely to adopt as heterosexual couples, says Gary Gates, a specialist in LGBT demography. His latest analysis of Census Bureau data indicates that in 2015, the year that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, there were 44,000 adopted children being raised by 28,000 same-sex couples. That number of children was double his estimate from 2013.


Texas governor approves adoption bill that critics contend discriminates

Reuters - 06/15/2017

The Texas governor signed a law on Thursday to protect the religious rights of faith-based groups in state child welfare programs, but critics said it could be used to discriminate against LGBT and non-Christian families in adoptions.

BREAKING: Discrimination Signed Into Law in Texas, Governor Abbott Signs HB 3859

Human Rights Campaign - 06/15/2017

National child welfare organizations such as the Child Welfare League of America, the Donaldson Adoption Institute, North American Council on Adoptable Children and Voice for Adoption have condemned this bill in a letter to lawmakers. This law will most harm children in the system who are awaiting placement in qualified, loving homes and are instead forced to remain in care. Child welfare services should be guided by the overarching principle that guides all family law: all determinations should be in the “best interest of the child.” It isn’t in the best interest of a child to deny them a qualified, loving family simply because that family doesn’t share all of the tenets of the placing agency’s faith.


LGBTQ advocates say federal legislation would allow religious adoption agencies to discriminate

Pittsburgh City Paper - 06/07/2017

But proposed federal legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) is looking to alter the national landscape for LGBTQ adoption, potentially limiting options for LGBTQ people to participate in the process. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 seeks to “ensure that organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to continue to provide services for children,” and continue to receive federal funds even if those organizations refuse to work with people who run counter to their “moral convictions.”

Texas Law Prioritizes Child Welfare Providers Over Children

The Chronicle of Social Change - 06/06/2017

Last month, Texas state lawmakers passed House Bill 3859, which will give child welfare agencies, including those that receive government funds, protections from legal challenge if they assert their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” This means that child welfare providers can discriminate against single parents, children and parents who identify as LGTBQ and individuals who practice a different religion.


Foster care children: How their life experiences differ

Journalist's Resource - 06/05/2017

Turney and Wildeman examined data collected through the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, a nationally representative survey of 95,677 U.S. children. The authors used the data to estimate how many children had suffered at least one of seven types of adverse experiences: the death of a parent, parental incarceration, parental abuse, parental divorce or separation, exposure to violence, household substance abuse and household mental illness.

‘Reunification Day’ celebrates parents getting children out of foster care

The Spokesman-Review - 06/03/2017

She went to rehab, started eating again and finally secured stable housing. Within 10 months, she said, her kids were back in her care. She’s clean and healthy now, with a job at Partners with Families and Children, a nonprofit. Her youngest son is 17 and studying at Eastern Washington University.


Tribal Nations Shift ICWA Focus During National Foster Care Month

Indian Country Today - 05/27/2017

In recognition of the tireless advocacy of the many child welfare workers, foster parents, volunteers and family members who care for Native children in state custody, tribal nations have been promoting National Foster Care Month to raise awareness about the need for more Native foster homes in the United States.

Gillibrand, Young, And Grassley Lead Reintroduction Of Legislation To Improve And Modernize Placement Of Foster Children »

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Website - 05/26/2017

Currently, states use antiquated paper-based systems to process and approve placement cases, significantly hamstringing efforts to place foster children in loving homes. The legislation would provide resources to modernize the system by implementing a standardized electronic interstate system, known as the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE).