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SIGN UP FOR FEB. 1 WEBINAR: LAYERS OF TRAUMA FOR HAITI'S ORPHANS
Bruce D. Perry M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy, will discuss the many traumas children coming home from the orphanages in Haiti may experience. This free webinar is intended for families who are already waiting or have already received placement under the expedited U.S. program, as well as for professionals who work with these families. To learn more about the webinar or to register, go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/416498451. To read the Adoption Institute's report on helping children after a natural disaster or to donate to Haiti relief, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old and follow the links at the top-right of the page.

1. Law, Policy & Practice
- Ireland Suspeds Vietnam Adoptions Until Hague Treaty is Ratified
- Illinois Raises Age Limit for 'Safe Haven' Abandonments to One Month
- Florida Judge Approves Adoption by Lesbian Despite State Prohibition
- South Carolina Becomes Latest State to Start Putative Father Registry

2. Research
- Steep Rise in Number of Intercountry Adoptions Has Now Reversed
- Assessment of Youth in Care Finds Most Want to Stay with Caregiver
- Review Identifies Reasons Legally Available Children are Not Adopted
- Study Finds Adopted Adults Score Well on Self-Esteem and Well-Being
- AQ Special Issue Examines Lesbian and Gay Adoption Issues

3. News
- Mixed Responses to Calls for the Adoption of Children from Haiti
- Proposition 8 Trial Witness Says Research Shows Gay Parents Do Well

4. Resources
- New Statistics Show Fewer Children in Foster Care and More Adopted
- NACAC's Website Offers Updated State-By-State Adoption Fact Sheets
- Resource Center Focuses on Four Programs to Expedite Adoptions
- Critiques Find Faults with Child and Family Services Review Process
- Information Gateway Lists State Laws on Access to Adoption Records

5. From Our Partners
- ALP Offers Free Webinar on Feb. 1 of Trauma Issues for Haiti Orphans
- Upcoming Adoption Quarterly Issue Focuses on Adoptive Parent Survey
- CWLA Ends Successful National Conference, with Institute Speakers
- Spence-Chapin Families to Attend Korea 35, a Family Reunion Weekend

6. Institute Update
- Adoption Institute Provides Information, Perspective on Haiti Crisis
- Institute Fellow: Stigma and Racism Exist in Society and in Adoption
- Adoption Institute Adds Three New Members to its Board of Directors
- Grant from Bohnett Foundation will Support Legislative Efforts
- Thanks to All Who Included the Institute in Your Year-End Giving
- FY09 Annual Report Available as Free Download from Institute Website
- Support Continues to Build for Events in Los Angeles and New York

 

Law, Policy & Practice

IRELAND SUSPENDS VIETNAM ADOPTIONS UNTIL HAGUE TREATY IS RATIFIED
The Irish government has suspended its adoption program from Vietnam until both countries have ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, according to an article by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times on Jan. 15. Ireland's concerns about the program reportedly are based on uncertainty about the role of foreign demand for adoptable orphans and unresolved questions about some of the agencies involved. The article, "State Decision Suspends Adoptions from Vietnam," quoted the Irish Minister of State for Children as saying the government had halted negotiations on a bilateral adoption agreement with Vietnam, effectively halting the program – and meaning everyone, including families already in the process, would be affected. To read the story, go to: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0115/1224262377981.html.

ILLINOIS RAISES AGE LIMIT FOR 'SAFE HAVEN' ABANDONMENTS TO ONE MONTH
On Jan. 1, Illinois increased the age limit for babies to be legally abandoned at so-called "safe haven" locations from seven days to one month. However, the first child to be found after the law went into effect was an 8-month-old baby left at a police station, according to a Jan. 18 Chicago Tribune story by Bonnie Rubin Miller headlined "Abandoned Babies: Illinois' Extension of 'Safe Haven' Law Divides Child Welfare Experts." The article cites the Adoption Institute's research on safe haven laws, saying they "may cause more harm than good." To read the story, go to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-safe-haven-18-jan18,0,5404913.story. To read the Adoption Institute's report on the subject, "Unintended Consequences," go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/whowe/Last%20report.pdf.

FLORIDA JUDGE APPROVES ADOPTION BY LESBIAN DESPITE STATE PROHIBITION
A Miami-Dade circuit judge approved the adoption of a 1-year-old infant by a woman in a committed lesbian relationship, despite Florida's ban on gay/lesbian adoptions, according to a Jan. 26 report in The Miami Herald by Carol Marbin Miller headlined "Ruling a Third Strike against Florida's Gay Adoption Ban." The court decision is the third adoption by a gay or lesbian parent to be finalized in the state during the past year; it may be still be appealed by the Department of Children and Families. The 1977 Florida law forbidding gay men and lesbians from adopting is currently under review in a Miami appeals court. For the full article, go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/1447922.html. To read the Adoption Institute's reports on the subject, "Expanding Resources for Waiting Children," go to: http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2008_09_expand_resources.php and http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2006_Expanding_Resources_for_Children.php.

SOUTH CAROLINA BECOMES LATEST STATE TO START PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY
A new registry for men who believe they have fathered a child could shorten waits to adopt children from the South Carolina foster care system, according to a Jan. 3 Associated Press story, "SC Hopes New Father Registry Could Speed Adoptions." Prior to the establishment of the registry, newspaper ads ran for three weeks alerting "unknown fathers" that their parental rights would be terminated if they did not come forward. South Carolina joins nearly three dozen other states with similar registries. To read the story, go to: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11761203.

 

Research

STEEP RISE IN NUMBER OF INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS HAS NOW REVERSED
"The Rise and Fall of Intercountry Adoption in the 21st Century," by Peter Selman, analyzes the dramatic changes in this type of adoption from 1998 to 2007, including a 42 percent global increase from 1998 to 2004, followed by a 17 percent decrease from 2004-2007. (The greatest declines were in the Scandinavian countries, Netherlands and Spain.) The article appears in the September 2009 issue of International Social Work (Volume 52, Issue 5). Declines were attributed primarily to changes in three sending countries (China, Russia, and Korea), and it is expected that in the future, Africa will be the only continent showing an increase in intercountry adoptions. Growth was attributed primarily to increased demand, while declines were attributed primarily to reduced availability of children from sending countries. To access an abstract, go to: http://isw.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/52/5/575.

ASSESSMENT OF YOUTH IN CARE FINDS MOST WANT TO STAY WITH CAREGIVER
A longitudinal study of factors predicting youth in care's preferences regarding permanency found that approximately three years after the investigation, 44 percent wanted to stay with their current caregiver and be adopted, 23 percent wanted to stay in their current situations without adoption, and the other 33 percent did not want to stay. Most of these 268 youth were in kin care and their average age was 12. "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Children's Placement Preferences Longitudinally," by Darcey Merritt and Todd Franke, appears in the January issue of the Journal of Social Service Research (Volume 36, Issue 1). Some factors predicting greater preference to remain with caregivers included a secure bond, open communication, a personal sense of empowerment, and being non-white. To access an abstract, go to: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a916747872.

REVIEW IDENTIFIES REASONS LEGALLY AVAILABLE CHILDREN ARE NOT ADOPTED
A Connecticut review of children whose parental rights were terminated (TPR) identified risk factors for not being adopted, including older age, behavior problems, caseworker and placement changes after TPR, institutional placement, worker rejection of the foster home as a resource, and foster parent ambivalence (most often related to fear of losing resources). "Vulnerability to Foster Care Drift after the Termination of Parental Rights," by Gretta Cushing and Sarah Greenblatt, was published in the final 2009 issue of Research on Social Work Practice (Volume 19, Number 6). On average, it took children who were adopted over five years after initial placement – two years to filing of TPR, eight months to granting TPR, 30 months from TPR to filing adoption petition, and one month to grant the petition. To access an abstract, go to: http://rsw.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/19/6/694.

STUDY FINDS ADOPTED ADULTS SCORE WELL ON SELF-ESTEEM AND WELL-BEING
A Dutch study of the psychological adjustment of 53 internationally adopted adults without early deprivation found their general well-being and self-esteem were comparable to the general population, though adopted men reported more depression. "Internationally Adopted Adults Who Did Not Suffer Severe Early Deprivation: The Role of Appraisal of Adoption," by Hester Storsbergen, Femmie Juffer, Maarten van Son and Harm 't Hart, is in the February 2010 issue of the Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 32, Issue 1). Factors related to lower scores on outcome measures included search status (those who searched reported more mental health problems), no current partner (lower well-being); and a negative appraisal of adoption (more mental health problems and lower well-being). To access an abstract, go to: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V98-4X4Y21N-1&_user=10&_coverDate=02%2F28%2F2010&_rdoc=8&_fmt=high&_orig=browse&_srch=doc-info(%23toc%235892%232010%23999679997%231577092%23FLA%23display%23Volume)&_cdi=5892&_sort=d&_docanchor=&_ct=23&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=0b95e0eddb117813dbaec237bd2b73c5.

AQ SPECIAL ISSUE EXAMINES LESBIAN AND GAY ADOPTION ISSUES
Three articles were featured in this newsletter from a special double issue of Adoption Quarterly (Volume 12, Issues 3-4), entitled Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents: Issues and Outcomes. Two additional articles are featured this month, and abstracts for them can be accessed at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g917057707.

"Transracial Adoption by Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Couples: Who Completes Transracial Adoptions and With What Results?" by Rachel Farr and Charlotte Patterson, found transracial adoptions occurred more often among lesbian and gay couples than heterosexual couples and among interracial couples and those giving child-centered reasons for adopting. Assessments of child behavior problems by parents and teachers, along with measures of parenting stress and parenting behaviors, showed no significant differences between transracial and inracial adoptive families. The findings are limited by the children's young age – 3, on average.

"The Experiences of Gay Men and Lesbians in Becoming and Being Adoptive Parents," by Suzanne Brown, Susan Smalling, Victor Groza and Scott Ryan (the latter two are Institute Senior Fellows), presents qualitative data on barriers, challenges and joys encountered by 182 lesbian and gay adoptive parents. The most commonly reported challenges/barriers related to perceived discrimination and stigma. Over half reported societal bias as a barrier and one-quarter cited restrictive state laws and practices. Some (28%) reported struggling to identify a "gay friendly" agency. A second barrier cited was a lack of information and emotional support, including a lack of support from friends and family (reported by 24%).

 

News

MIXED RESPONSES TO CALLS FOR THE ADOPTION OF CHILDREN FROM HAITI
News accounts on how best to address the needs of children in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12 have included considerable debate. For instance, while the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami quickly called for a mass airlift to group homes in the U.S., this idea was rejected by relief organizations in order to avoid the effects of cumulative trauma. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. announced it would grant humanitarian parole to certain orphans in order to expedite already-approved adoptions from Haiti. Other nations are responding similarly by speeding up adoptions already "in the pipeline," while urging caution before proceeding with new adoptions. A sampling of the many stories on the crisis includes:

PROPOSITION 8 TRIAL WITNESS SAYS RESEARCH SHOWS GAY PARENTS DO WELL
Testifying in the California court case seeking to overturn Proposition 8 - which prohibits marriage in the state by same-sex couples - a psychologist said extensive research shows that gays and lesbians make just as good parents as heterosexuals. A Jan. 16 article in the San Francisco Examiner, "Gays Make Fine Parents, Psychologist Testifies," by Bob Egelko, said that Protect Marriage, the religious coalition that sponsored Prop. 8, argues it was intended to promote traditional marriage because children are better off with their biological parents - an assertion also challenged by the psychologist, Michael Lamb, chairman of the department of social and developmental psychology at Cambridge University in England. The lawyer for Protect Marriage, on cross-examination in the lawsuit, questioned the research cited by Lamb and sought to damage his credibility by labeling him "a committed liberal." To read the story, go to: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/16/MNLG1BJ18V.DTL. To read the Adoption Institute's reports on the subject, go to: http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2008_09_expand_resources.php and http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2006_Expanding_Resources_for_Children.php.

 

Resources

NEW STATISTICS SHOW FEWER CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE AND MORE ADOPTED
The U.S. Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services has posted the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) estimated FY 2008 data, reporting a decline in the number of children in care from FY07 (a drop from 491,000 to 463,000) as well as an increase in the number of children adopted from foster care and those exiting to guardianships. The number of children leaving foster care to be adopted went from 52,235 to 54,285. To access this report, go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report16.pdf.

NACAC'S WEBSITE OFFERS UPDATED STATE-BY-STATE ADOPTION FACT SHEETS
The North American Council on Adoptable Children has posted updated state adoption fact sheets, based on 2007 data from the federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), on its website. These fact sheets provide statistics on each state's waiting children – the number, description of age and race/ethnicity, types of exit from care and other important information. To access these summaries, go to: http://www.nacac.org/policy/statefactsheets.html.

RESOURCE CENTER FOCUSES ON FOUR PROGRAMS TO EXPEDITE ADOPTIONS
The National Resource Center for Adoption's recent edition of its publication Roundtable (Volume 24, Number 1) focuses on the timeliness to adoption and highlights four programs: 1) Oklahoma's Swift Adoption Services, 2) the Adoption Forum, a collaboration of 13 Michigan counties, 3) a Los Angeles initiative for management of adoption outcomes using data-tracking tools and 4) strategies for expediting permanency in the northern region of Utah. To access these articles, go to: http://www.nrcadoption.org/roundtable/v24/Volume%2024%20-%20No%201%20-%202010.pdf.

CRITIQUES FIND FAULTS WITH CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES REVIEW PROCESS
Two publications added last month to Chapin Hall's website provide critiques of the Child and Family Services Review process, including problems with the standards and the measures. An issue brief, "The Child and Family Services Review Composite Scores: A Critique of Method," by John Schuerman and Barbara Needell, can be accessed at: http://www.chapinhall.org/sites/default/files/Final%20Issue_Brief_12_15_09.pdf, and the full report, "The Child and Family Services Review Composite Scores: Accountability off the Track," by the same authors, can be downloaded at: http://www.chapinhall.org/research/report/child-and-family-services-review-composite-scores-accountability-track.

INFORMATION GATEWAY LISTS STATE LAWS ON ACCESS TO ADOPTION RECORDS
The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently updated its briefs regarding state statutes on access to adoption records. By clicking on your state and "Access to Adoption Records" under "Topics – Adoption," you can find out laws and procedures related to access to non-identifying information, identifying information and original birth certificates, as well as information on mutual consent registries and state offices to contact. To access this directory, go to: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/infoaccessap.cfm.

 

From Our Partners

ALP OFFERS FREE WEBINAR ON FEB. 1 ON TRAUMA ISSUES FOR HAITI ORPHANS
Adoption Learning Partners, partnering with several organizations including the Adoption Institute, is offering a webinar featuring child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy, for families who are awaiting or have already received placement of a Haitian orphan since the earthquake. Dr. Perry will cover the impact of multiple traumas, explain what parents can expect, and give advice on how to ease the transition for their child. Please note that this free webinar is intended for families in the process of adopting from Haiti prior to the earthquake and are therefore receiving an expedited placement of their child. This session will NOT cover the adoption process itself or address the concerns of those looking to start the process. To register, go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/416498451.

UPCOMING ADOPTION QUARTERLY ISSUE FOCUSES ON ADOPTIVE PARENT SURVEY
An upcoming special issue of Adoption Quarterly will feature articles examining data from the National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP), the largest-scale national survey of its kind ever conducted. AQ publishes high-quality, scholarly articles focusing on adoption and adoption-related issues. Articles may include quantitative or qualitative research using primary or secondary data, systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, and empirically supported/theory-driven position papers. To learn more about the journal, see guidelines for author submissions, sign up for a subscription, or order current or back issues, go to: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792303958~db=all.

CWLA ENDS SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL CONFERENCE, WITH INSTITUTE SPEAKERS
The Child Welfare League of America held a successful national conference, "Children 2010: Leading a New Era," on Jan. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The annual event offered invaluable, informative workshops highlighting evidence-based strategies in a broad range of areas including adoption, health care, homelessness, mental health, youth in transition, and others. Adoption Institute staff members – including Adam Pertman, David Brodzinsky, Susan Smith and Jeanne Howard – gave presentations based on the Institute's work in the "adoption track" of the conference. To learn more about the work of the CWLA, go to: http://www.cwla.org/whowhat/default.htm.

SPENCE-CHAPIN FAMILIES TO ATTEND KOREA 35, A FAMILY REUNION WEEKEND
On April 23-25 in New York City, KOREA 35 will celebrate 35 years of adoption from Korea – a time for everyone from the 1970s onward to reconnect, reminisce and enjoy the many events and festivities planned. For more information about the weekend, go to: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=98.

 

Institute Update

ADOPTION INSTITUTE PROVIDES INFORMATION, PERSPECTIVE ON HAITI CRISIS
Staff members of the Adoption Institute have been widely consulted by and quoted in the media about a range of issues relating to the treatment and adoption of Haitian children after the earthquake. A sampling of the scores of interviews is listed below, and more can be accessed by typing "Donaldson Adoption Institute" or "Pertman" in a news search engine.

INSTITUTE FELLOW: STIGMA AND RACISM EXIST IN SOCIETY AND IN ADOPTION
An article in the January-February issue of POZ magazine, "Adoption Issues" by Glenn Townes, examines one HIV-positive man's successful quest to adopt his son. Ricky Stith was legally within his rights to adopt his foster child, but he had to defend his legal right to adopt due to lingering misconceptions that HIV automatically leads to a shortened life span. "Stigma, racism, discrimination and sexism exist in society, and they also exist in adoption," Devon Brooks, a Senior Research Fellow at the Adoption Institute, is quoted as saying in the article. "Adoption is a human services institution [and subject to human biases]. But discrimination based on race, gender and ability status are against the law." To read the story, go to: http://www.poz.com/articles/hiv_adoption_issues_2427_17795.shtml.

ADOPTION INSTITUTE ADDS THREE NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At the start of the New Year, the Institute added three professionals with strong adoption affiliations to its Board of Directors: Leslie Pate Mackinnon, a psychotherapist in Atlanta; Anne Chambers, the CEO and founder of RED212 in Cincinnati; and Jennifer Evans Montgomery, a financial industry executive in Chicago. All three were unanimously voted onto the Board and their terms were effective immediately. Current members of the Board and the staff of the Institute welcome these strong additions to our work, and look forward to their participation in and support of our important, unique programs and projects.

GRANT FROM BOHNETT FOUNDATION WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS
The David Bohnett Foundation has awarded the Adoption Institute a generous $50,000 grant to expand its Adoption and Foster Care Legislative Initiative, which utilizes research and advocacy to improve law, policy and practice. The grant will support the Institute's work to achieve systemic legislative and policy reforms – including furthering the best interests of waiting children by expanding the pool of potential adoptive parents. To read the Institute's reports on the subject, go to: http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2008_09_expand_resources.php and http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2006_Expanding_Resources_for_Children.php.

THANKS TO ALL WHO INCLUDED THE INSTITUTE IN YOUR YEAR-END GIVING
On behalf of everyone at the Adoption Institute – and the children and families in the U.S. and around the world who benefit from our work – please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support this year-end. Your gifts always make a tremendous difference to our ability to continue our work – including producing this e-newsletter – but are especially vital during the current economic downturn. It's not too late to donate; if you would still like to support the Institute's work, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/about/support.php.

FY09 ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD FROM INSTITUTE WEBSITE
The Adoption Institute has just published its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2009 (which covers July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009). The report highlights some of the Institute's accomplishments in the past year, reports on its events and financial activities, and includes messages from Board President Susan Notkin and Executive Director Adam Pertman, as well as quotes from those who have benefited from the Institute's work. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please email Arlene Jennings at [email protected]. To access the report online, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/annual_report/Annual_Report_2009.pdf.

SUPPORT CONTINUES TO BUILD FOR EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK
The Adoption Institute's annual benefit in Los Angeles, "Celebrating...Our Families, Our Children," will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. This year's event will honor Peter Levine of Creative Artists Agency, an adoptive father of two, a passionate advocate for children who need loving families, and an active supporter (and former Board member) of the Adoption Institute, as well as a founding member of the Institute's LA Advisory Council. Corporate sponsors include HBO; Kennedy/Marshall Company; Holding Pictures; and Ted Hartley, Dina Merrill Hartley and RKO Pictures. This year's Host Committee includes Shohreh Aghdashloo, Roger Altman and Jurate Kazickas, Dr. Jane Aronson, Kristin Chenoweth, Matt Donaldson and Julia Eisenman Donaldson, Michele Greene, Carla Gugino, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Famke Janssen, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gina Ravera, Naomi Watts, Amy Pascal and Bernie Weinraub. Please contact Laura James at [email protected] or (212) 925-4089 for information on remaining sponsorship opportunities and on how to attend this always-fun and celebrity-filled event.

Our annual "Taste of Spring" benefit, the Institute's major fundraising event of the year, will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the Midtown Loft in New York City. Our Event Co-Chairs – Sandy McManus, Kim Donaldson, Hollis Forbes and Doug Mehne – are already hard at work lining up spectacular food and wine for this delicious event. Guests last year got to sample gourmet dishes prepared and served in person by master chefs Jean-Georges Vongrichten, David Burke, Jonathan Waxman and Zarela Martinez, while mingling with stars including Hugh Jackman, Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth. We hope you can join us for a festive and delicious evening in support of our unique, important work.

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