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1. Law, Policy & Practice
- Arizona House Votes to Give Married Couples Preference in Adoptions
- Lawmakers, Researchers Suggest Changes in Policy on Haiti Children
- Missouri Senate Approves Access to Birth Records for some Adoptees

2. Research
- Parents in Study Overwhelmingly Rate their Adoptions as Successful
- Efficacy of Independent Living Services for Older Youth is Questioned
- International Adoptees in Study Show Mixed Developmental Progress
- Some Child Attachment Changes Linked to Positive Traits in Parents
- Gay Men Report Fewer Options in Adoption, and Majority Seek Infants

3. News
- U.S. Report Shows Fewer Children in Foster Care Awaiting Adoption
- Samuels Confirmed as New HHS Commissioner of Children and Families
- Catholic Charities, Citing Gay Marriage Law, Ends D.C. Foster Program
- Florida Challenges One Gay Adoption, Provides Supports in Another
- Appeals Court Affirms Right to List both Fathers on Birth Certificate

4. Resources
- New Scholarship Program to Benefit Youth Adopted from Foster Care
- Directory Lists Guidelines, Resources for Fostering and Adopting
- Guttmacher Provides Details on 'Safe Haven' Laws in all 50 States
- Adoptive Families Publishes Articles Related to Haiti and Adoption
- NACAC Issues Brief on Achieving Permanency for Older Youth in Care

5. From Our Partners
- ALP Offers Free Recorded Webinar on Trauma Issues for Haiti Orphans
- Upcoming Adoption Quarterly Issue Focuses on Adoptive Parent Survey
- CWLA National Conference Featured Adoption Institute Speakers
- Spence-Chapin Family Event Will Celebrate 35 Years of Korea Adoptions

6. Institute Update
- Institute Works with Legislators, Activists on Records Access Bills
- UMass Adoption Program, Institute Cosponsor Research Conference
- International Conference at MIT Looks at Adoption Issues through Art
- Tara Linh Leaman Joins Institute in New Position of Associate Director
- Coverage of Haiti Focuses on When – and How – Adoptions Should Occur
- Parental Involvement Key to Building Bicultural Identity in Adoptees
- L.A. Benefit Succeeds in Raising Funds and Support for Institute Work
- Excitement Building for 7th Annual 'Taste of Spring' Benefit in New York
- House Parties in Chicago and Boston this Spring Support the Institute

 

Law, Policy & Practice

ARIZONA HOUSE VOTES TO GIVE MARRIED COUPLES PREFERENCE IN ADOPTIONS
The Arizona House of Representatives approved legislation on Feb. 23 that would give married couples preference in adoptions. The measure, which supporters argue is in the best interests of children, now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Opponents of the 35-22 vote on HB 2148 said research shows that the children of single parents do very well and that, if enacted into law, the bill could undermine the permanency prospects of some children in foster care – especially those with special needs. Critics also characterized the legislation as a covert means of discriminating against prospective gay and lesbian parents, since only heterosexuals can legally marry in Arizona. To read the legislation, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/hb2148p.htm. To read an Arizona Daily Sun story on the vote, go to: http://www.azdailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f525f958-7d78-50f2-b420-1b74fcc9cfe2.html. For a commentary on the bill, go to: http://www.examiner.com/x-2154-Liberal-Examiner~y2010m2d17-Gay-or-single-and-want-to-adopt-Dont-come-to-AZ.

LAWMAKERS, RESEARCHERS SUGGEST CHANGES IN POLICY ON HAITI CHILDREN
U.S. Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan on Feb. 4 introduced legislation, HR 4603, that would expand humanitarian parole "on a case by case basis" to Haitian children who were legally determined to be orphans prior to the earthquake in that country, but who had not yet been matched with a family in the U.S. The Haitian Orphan Placement Effort (HOPE) Act would allow affected orphans access to the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program in the event that an American family could not be found to adopt them. Meanwhile, a Feb. 17 article in The New England Journal of Medicine, "Protecting the Children of Haiti," called for a sustained strategy of family reunification, streamlined data-acquisition systems, community monitoring, heightened public and professional awareness of child-trafficking, and a variety of programs to promote economic viability and protect Haiti's children. To read the Journal article, go to: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMp1001820. To read Hoekstra's bill, go to: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.111hr4603; read his Feb. 16 press release, go to: http://hoekstra.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=170189. To read the Adoption Institute's statement on adoption from Haiti after the earthquake, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/media/20100115_press_haiti.php.

MISSOURI SENATE APPROVES ACCESS TO BIRTH RECORDS FOR SOME ADOPTEES
The Missouri Senate unanimously approved a bill on Feb. 19 to make original birth certificates available to adoptees born after Aug. 28, 2010, after they are at least 18 years of age. Adult adoptees born before that date could access their birth certificates only if their birthmothers had died or approved release of the documents; the legislation also allows adult adoptees to apply for their medical records through the state registrar's office. The measure, SB 594, now goes to the House for consideration. To read the Senate bill, go to: http://www.senate.mo.gov/10info/pdf-bill/intro/SB594.pdf. To read the Adoption Institute's report on the issue, go to: http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2008_09_expand_resources.php.

 

Research

PARENTS IN STUDY OVERWHELMINGLY RATE THEIR ADOPTIONS AS SUCCESSFUL
A British longitudinal study of 165 children adopted as infants from Romania and 52 adopted within the U.K. analyzed parents' evaluations when children were age 11, finding that a very high percentage judged their adoptions as successful – parents of 96 percent of the Romanian children who spent less than six months in an orphanage, 82 percent of those who spent more than six months in an orphanage, and 98 percent of those adopted in the U.K. "Parents' Evaluation of Adoption Success: A Follow-Up Study of Intercountry and Domestic Adoptions," by Jenny Castle, Christine Groothues, Emma Colvert, Amanda Hawkins, Jana Kreppner, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Celia Beckett, Robert Kumsta, Wolff Schlotz, Suzanne Stevens and Michael Rutter, is in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Volume 79, Issue 4). Although parents had very positive evaluations of adoption success, many also said they experienced difficulty in parenting: 27 percent for the Romanian group with shorter orphanage stays, 57 percent for those in orphanages longer, and 35 percent for the U.K. adoptees. (Negative evaluations doubled for children placed at ages 6 to 11.) Parents' need for expert advice and guidance from mental health and education services was noted. To access an abstract, go to: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ort/79/4/522/.

EFFICACY OF INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES FOR OLDER YOUTH IS QUESTIONED
The number of youth "aging out" of foster care increased by 50 percent from 1998 (17,000) to 2006 (26,000), and because most of these youth are in residential facilities or group homes, they lack family connections. A review of studies on the effectiveness of Independent Living services for older youth concludes there is little evidence these programs have a significant impact. "An Examination of Theory and Promising Practice for Achieving Permanency for Teens before They Age Out of Foster Care," by Rosemary Avery, calls for innovative approaches to securing permanent connections for these youth. She describes a promising New York model project run by the agency You Gotta Believe that placed almost 50 percent of 199 teens (95% from residential facilities) during the project period. This article is in the March issue of Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 32, Issue 3). For a free abstract, go to: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V98-4XJP3T3-2&_user=10&_coverDate=03%2F31%2F2010&_rdoc=12&_fmt=high&_orig=browse&_srch=doc-info(%23toc%235892%232010%23999679996%231577544%23FLA%23display%23Volume)&_cdi=5892&_sort=d&_docanchor=&_ct=21&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=4091f318acb1ddd1afaaa7224bcbcced.

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTEES IN STUDY SHOW MIXED DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRESS
A follow-up study of 37 preschoolers (age 4-5), originally evaluated soon after their intercountry adoptions (mean age=12 months), found most had caught up to an amazing extent in some areas of development – especially expressive and receptive language, in which they scored well above the norm. However, 23 to 42 percent showed problems in areas such as oppositional traits and hyperactivity, and almost half in atypical sensory-seeking behaviors. "Developmental and Behavioral Performance of Internationally Adopted Preschoolers: A Pilot Study," by Emma Jacobs, Laurie Miller and Linda Tirella, is in the February issue of Child Psychiatry & Human Development (Volume 41, Issue 1). The study assessed only children without formal diagnoses of a broad range of developmental disorders. The authors observed that for those with deficits, focused parent training and provision of sensory-focused occupational therapy would likely reduce later school performance problems, preserve children's self-esteem and reduce family stress. To access an abstract, go to: http://www.springerlink.com/content/n810014013p58664/?p=c812e57c83a64a1584229c9f76027f83&pi=1.

SOME CHILD ATTACHMENT CHANGES LINKED TO POSITIVE TRAITS IN PARENTS
The current issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry (Volume 30, Issue 1) is devoted entirely to "the adoption journey." One article, "Mental Representation and Change: Developing Attachment Relationships in an Adoption Context," by Miriam Steele, Jill Hodges, Jeanne Kaniuk and Howard Steele, reviews findings from an ongoing study of changes in the attachment relationships of maltreated children after adoptive placement. Interview-based narrative assessments indicated there was an increase in secure attachment representations, but a persistence of negative themes. Children who showed decreases in negative, insecure themes were more likely to have adoptive parents who were assessed at pre-placement as having a secure attachment style themselves. Findings from a study on brief intervention found that helping the parent not to feel rejected is key to improvement. To access an abstract, go to: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a918182293.

GAY MEN REPORT FEWER OPTIONS IN ADOPTION, AND MAJORITY SEEK INFANTS
Based on interviews with 64 gay men seeking to adopt (32 couples), researchers identified the factors influencing their decisions regarding the type of adoption to pursue. The majority (60%) chose domestic infant open adoptions, largely because they perceived adopting an infant as the closest option to having a biological child and international adoptions were largely closed to them. "Making the Decision: Factors Influencing Gay Men's Choice of an Adoption Path," by Jordan Downing, Hanna Richardson, Lori Kinkler and Abbie Goldberg, was published in the most recent issue of Adoption Quarterly (Volume 12, Issue 3-4). Overall, 25 percent chose to pursue foster care adoption, primarily because these children were most in need of homes. The men's choices often were influenced by discriminatory practices, such as international or state laws that prohibited their adopting either as a gay individual or as a couple. To access an abstract, go to: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a917055975.

 

News

U.S. REPORT SHOWS FEWER CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE AWAITING ADOPTION
Statistics released in February by the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that the number of children in foster care in the U.S. declined from FY 2007 to FY 2008. According to the latest available figures in the report, children remained in foster care an average of 27.2 months, most with the goal of eventual family reunification. More children left foster care than entered it in FY 2008, and the number of children awaiting adoption from foster care was 123,000 – down from 132,000 the previous fiscal year. See the complete report at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/index.htm#afcars.

SAMUELS CONFIRMED AS NEW HHS COMMISSIONER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Bryan Samuels, chief of staff for Chicago Public Schools, won Senate approval on Feb. 11 as the new Health and Human Services Administration Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families. The role gives Samuels stewardship of federal child welfare programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Samuels had previously served as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. To read a Feb. 11 Washington Post account of Samuels' confirmation, "Head Count, Tracking Obama's Appointments," go to: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2009/federal-appointments/person/bryan-h-samuels/.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, CITING GAY MARRIAGE LAW, ENDS D.C. FOSTER PROGRAM
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., announced on Feb. 16 that it had closed its 80-year-old Catholic Charities foster care program and transitioned the staff, 43 children and 35 foster families to the National Center for Children and Families. The move preceded implementation of Washington's legalization of same-sex marriage, scheduled to take effect on March 2. The archdiocese determined that it would be ineligible to continue providing services under the law, which requires all care providers to recognize gay couples in the District. To read the Archdiocese statement, go to: http://www.adw.org/news/news.asp?ID=741&Year=2010. To read the Adoption Institute's reports on the subject, go to: http://adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/2008_09_expand_resources.php.

FLORIDA CHALLENGES ONE GAY ADOPTION, PROVIDES SUPPORTS IN ANOTHER
Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) – citing the state's statutory ban on adoption by gays and lesbians – appealed a decision by a Miami-Dade Circuit judge to award adoption of a relative's child to a woman who had been raising the boy since shortly after his birth in Jan. 2009, according to a Feb. 18 Miami Herald story by Carol Marbin Miller, "Florida challenges gay adoption in Hollywood case." Another story by Miller in the same newspaper on Feb. 10, "Adopted son of gay Key West man gets state subsidy," reports that the state DCF had agreed to provide health insurance, college tuition assistance and other benefits to the child of a gay man. The decision was described as a setback to Florida's 32-year-old prohibition on gay adoption. To read the story about the Key West decision, go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/02/10/1471760/adopted-son-of-gay-key-west-man.html. To read the story about the Hollywood case, go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/1374/story/1485940.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.

APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS RIGHT TO LIST BOTH FATHERS ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2008 decision by a U.S. District Court ordering the Louisiana Office of Public Health and Vital Records to put the names of both adoptive fathers on a child's birth certificate as the parents, according to a Feb. 18 story in The Times-Picayune by Gwen Filosa, "Louisiana must issue birth certificate to men who adopted baby boy, federal court rules." The story said that the landmark decision, in response to a civil rights lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal Defense and the child's fathers, orders the state to honor a valid adoption decree issued in New York in the name of both parents. To read the story, go to: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/02/post_318.html.

 

Resources

NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO BENEFIT YOUTH ADOPTED FROM FOSTER CARE
The Children's Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption have created a national scholarship program, called Fostering a Future, to benefit youth adopted from foster care who want to pursue higher education. Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, April 20, 2010 for the program, which is sponsored by Capital One. Applicants must have been adopted from the U.S. foster care system after the age of 13, be graduating high school seniors, maintain (or improve) a qualifying grade point average throughout their senior year, and demonstrate financial need. For more information or to access an application, go to: http://www.childrensactionnetwork.org/scholarship.htm.

DIRECTORY LISTS GUIDELINES, RESOURCES FOR FOSTERING AND ADOPTING
The Resource Center on the website of AdoptUsKids offers a directory of states' guidelines for foster care and adoption, with a variety of useful resources. The states' profiles vary but include such information as requirements for fostering or adoption, agency contact information and links, as well as parent support groups, among others. To access, go to: http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourceCenter/rrtPackets/chooseState.aspx.

GUTTMACHER PROVIDES DETAILS ON 'SAFE HAVEN' LAWS IN ALL 50 STATES
The Guttmacher Institute has issued a document detailing so-called safe haven laws, "State Policies in Brief: Infant Abandonment." Currently all 50 states have instituted such laws, with 18 states allowing someone other than a parent to relinquish an infant and 34 states preserving the anonymity of the person. In two states, the age limit for children who may be legally abandoned is as high as 1 year old. The report reviews elements of these laws across the states and in the District of Columbia. To access, go to: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_IA.pdf. To read the Adoption Institute's study on safe haven laws, "Unintended Consequences: 'Safe Haven' Laws Are Causing Problems, Not Solving Them," go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/whowe/lastreport_coverpage.html.

ADOPTIVE FAMILIES PUBLISHES ARTICLES RELATED TO HAITI AND ADOPTION
The March/April 2010 issue of Adoptive Families magazine contains several articles related to the Haiti earthquake – for families in the process of adopting from that nation, as well as for families whose children adopted from other countries experience traumatic responses to the Haiti disaster. To access these articles, go to: http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=2033, http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=2034, and http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=2032.

NACAC ISSUES BRIEF ON ACHIEVING PERMANENCY FOR OLDER YOUTH IN CARE
The North American Council on Adoptable Children recently issued a brief, "It's Time to Make Older Child Adoption a Reality: Because Every Child and Youth Deserves a Family." Because the number of youth aging out of care without a family continues to increase (over 28,000 in 2007), new strategies are needed to overcome the many policy and practice barriers to permanency. This brief identifies the primary barriers to permanency for older youth and makes 5 recommendations for strategies to address these barriers. To access this brief, go to: http://www.nacac.org/adoptalk/MakeOlderChildAdoptionReality.pdf.

 

From Our Partners

ALP OFFERS FREE RECORDED WEBINAR ON TRAUMA ISSUES FOR HAITI ORPHANS
Adoption Learning Partners partnered with several organizations, including the Adoption Institute, to offer a webinar featuring child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, a Senior Fellow at The Child Trauma Academy. The webinar provides information to families who are awaiting or have already received placement of a Haitian orphan since the earthquake. Dr. Perry covers the impact of trauma on the brain, explains what parents can expect, and gives advice on how to ease the transition for children. This session does not cover the adoption process itself or address the concerns of those looking to start the process. To access the recorded webinar, go to: http://www.adoptionlearningpartners.org/BrucePerry/LayersofTrauma_Haiti/.

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 NATIONAL CONFERENCE FEATURES ADOPTION 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 FAMILY EVENT WILL CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF KOREA ADOPTIONS
Spence-Chapin will host a family reunion in New York on April 23-25 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of its Korean Adoption Program. The event is open to all members of Spence-Chapin families who brought home their sons and daughters from South Korea since the program began in 1975. Age-appropriate activities with social, cultural and academic themes are being planned. For more information about the gathering, go to: http://www.spence-chapin.org/about-spence-chapin/e2_event.php?id=98.

 

Institute Update

INSTITUTE WORKS WITH LEGISLATORS, ACTIVISTS ON RECORDS ACCESS BILLS
The Adoption Institute works regularly with advocacy organizations and state lawmakers across the country to shape better laws relating to adult adoptee access to their original birth certificates. During the last month, for instance, Executive Director Adam Pertman held phone consultations, wrote letters and/or provided written testimony for Washington State, Missouri, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. To read a letter the Institute provides to legislators, along with written testimony (these examples are for Washington State), go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/policy/20100203_letter_washington.php. To read the Institute's "For the Records" report on access to original birth certificates, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/research/2007_11_for_records.php.

UMASS ADOPTION PROGRAM, INSTITUTE COSPONSOR RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute are cosponsoring a conference, "New Worlds of Adoption: Linking Research with Practice," on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The event will feature presentations by the Senior Research Fellows and staff members of the Adoption Institute, and will focus on creating dialogue between researchers and practitioners. The program is primarily geared toward professionals and students in the human services fields, social science researchers, and community members. To learn more and to register, go to: http://www.umass.edu/family/adoption_conference/2010Conference.html.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT MIT LOOKS AT ADOPTION ISSUES THROUGH ART
The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture will sponsor its third international conference, "Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies," from April 29-May 2, 2010, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. The conference will feature prominent American and international writers, artists, filmmakers, researchers and academics in workshops, performances and discussions. The Adoption Institute's Executive Director, Adam Pertman, will discuss the issue of adult adoptee access to original birth records on the afternoon of April 30. To learn more and to register go to: http://web.me.com/shaslang/ASAC_2010_Conference/.

TARA LINH LEAMAN JOINS INSTITUTE IN NEW POSITION OF ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is pleased to announce that Tara Linh Leaman this month joined the Adoption Institute staff in the newly created position of Associate Director; Leaman will serve as Deputy to the Institute's Executive Director, with oversight and management responsibilities over all aspects of the organization's operations. Prior to working at the Institute, Leaman served as the Deputy Director at Our Place, a Washington-based nonprofit that helps previously incarcerated women reenter society. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from Cornell University. To read a press release on Leaman's hiring, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/media/20100301_press_tara.php.

COVERAGE OF HAITI FOCUSES ON WHEN – AND HOW – ADOPTIONS SHOULD OCCUR
Journalists covering the crisis in Haiti continued to utilize the Adoption Institute this month for research, resources and other information relating to adoption issues. On Feb. 15, for instance, the Detroit Free Press reported in "Requests to Adopt Flood Mich. Agencies" by Patricia Montemurri that interest in Haitian adoptions in Michigan had soared, and quoted Institute Executive Director Pertman as saying, "The impulse to adopt a Haitian child needs to be separated from what is ethical and best for the child." To read the story, go to: http://www.freep.com/article/20100215/FEATURES01/2150313/1025/FEATURES/Requests-to-adopt-flood-Mich.-agencies.

A story in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 18, "Lessons from Haiti Adoption or 'Child Kidnapping' Case" by Sara Miller Llana, detailed the case of 10 missionaries arrested for trying to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper paperwork. Pertman says, "After immediate needs of food, shelter, and medical care are addressed, the world needs to act more methodically and put family reunification as a priority." To read the Monitor article, go to: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2010/0218/US-missionaries-Lessons-from-Haiti-adoption-or-child-kidnapping-case.

Pertman took calls about the complex issues surrounding the care of Haiti's earthquake orphans on Feb. 1 on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin Show. To hear the program, go to: http://clipcast.wpr.org:8080/ramgen/wpr/jca/jca100201a.rm; to download the broadcast go to: http://wpr.org/wcast/download1.cfm?mp3file=jca100201a.mp3&iNoteID=88145.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT KEY TO BUILDING BICULTURAL IDENTITY IN ADOPTEES
On Feb. 14, the Chicago Tribune published "Between Two Worlds: Parents Help Adopted Children Bridge Two Cultures" by Oscar Avila, reporting on the ways in which parents can help their children bridge their birth and American cultures. Executive Director Pertman explained that, in the past, adoptions often entailed cultural assimilation. "Parents believed that their children were a 'blank slate' that should be filled in exactly the same as biological children," he said. The article added that parents today not only stress the importance of their children's native customs and traditions, but also have serious discussions about bicultural identity, diversity and prejudice that adoptees may encounter. To read the story, go to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/ct-met-adoption-culture-20100214,0,6219153.story.

L.A. BENEFIT SUCCEEDS IN RAISING FUNDS AND SUPPORT FOR INSTITUTE WORK
The Adoption Institute's annual benefit in Los Angeles, "Celebrating...Our Families, Our Children," held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, was a success in every way. In addition to reuniting with West Coast friends, and making new ones, we were able to share information on many of the Institute's exciting projects. We raised over $90,000 in sponsorships and donations, more than meeting our goal for the event. This funding is vital to keep our work going in the coming year. The event honored 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 included HBO; Sony; Kennedy/Marshall Company; Max Studio; UTA; Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman LLP; Holding Pictures; 4 Boys Films; and Ted Hartley, Dina Merrill Hartley and RKO Pictures. To read more about the event and see photos of celebrity attendees, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/events/la_2010a.php.

EXCITEMENT BUILDING FOR 7th ANNUAL 'TASTE OF SPRING' BENEFIT IN NEW YORK
Our "Taste of Spring" benefit, the Institute's major annual fundraiser, will be held in Manhattan on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The Corporate Honoree this year is LifeCare - one of our partner organizations - and its co-founder and CEO, Peter Burki. We are also delighted to honor Kobrand Corporation, a privately owned marketer of wines and spirits that has long been a generous supporter of Taste of Spring. The event's Honorary Chairs are Jurate Kazickas & Roger Altman, Jane & Bill Donaldson, and Mimi & Jim Stevens. The Honorary Co-Chairs are Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman, and Marja & Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Participating restaurants so far include Bar Breton, David Burke Fishtail and Jean-Georges Restaurant. Please join us for a festive, delectable evening in support of our unique, important work. For the Save the Date card, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/events/TOS10_SD.pdf. For more information, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, contact Development Director Laura James at [email protected].

HOUSE PARTIES IN CHICAGO AND BOSTON THIS SPRING SUPPORT THE INSTITUTE
Institute supporters are opening their homes this spring to help raise funds for the Adoption Institute, and to introduce friends, family and colleagues to our work. Our Chicago event is a cocktail party on the evening of Monday, April 19, and our Boston event is a brunch on Sunday, May 2. If you are interested in learning more about either event – or about hosting one of your own! – contact Development Director Laura James at [email protected].

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