November 22, 2013 @ 5:59 PM


Below is an well written Op-Ed piece “When Children Are Traded,” by Nicholas D. Kristof, published on November 20, 2013 in the New York Times. It is reproduced in full without editing. Although normally focuses on the positive side of adoption, it is important to see the negative side as well, and use it to not only protect ourselves as adoptive parents from situations into which we might innocently be drawn, but most importantly, to protect the children in these scenarios.


These tragic adoption situations almost always initiate from adoptions which should never have taken place in the first place. The adoptive parents usually are not fully educated and trained regarding the special needs even a ......

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October 30, 2013 @ 6:59 PM


By staff

Earlier this week the Chicago Tribune reported on the Illinois Attorney General filing a lawsuit against a California adoption law office (Adoption Network Law Center). The civil lawsuit is based on Internet ads by the law center which appear in Illinois, but which the Attorney General maintains violates Illinois law since the law center is not approved by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to place children for adoption. Although some feel the lawsuit is more posturing than any real effort to limit internet advertising regarding adoption, it will have an interesting impact on adoption if other states follow Illinois’ lead in seeking to curb advertising by out-of-state entities ...

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October 21, 2013 @ 5:41 PM


By staff.


Today, the Reuters News Service published a detailed 5 part story regarding adoption, touching upon independent, agency and international adoption. It focuses on grey market adoption and those who seek to place and obtain children as if a Craigslist commodity. Most frightening is how these stories are real and not a media exaggeration. Adoptive parents planning both domestic and international adoption, via independent or agency adoption, are often solicited via an online media source, offering to place an existing child, or child soon to be born, for adoption and “avoid the laws.” It may be someone seeking an unjust financial gain, or someone who wants to no longer parent a difficult ......

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September 24, 2013 @ 12:35 PM


By staff


Whether tracking the story as a sad family drama or an intricate legal issue being played out before the nation, the adoption journey of Baby Veronica has been both tragic and intriguing. The newest chapter in the story was addressed by today by writer Michael Overall.


Veronica spent the first 27 months of her life in the home of her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco with whom she was placed for adoption at birth by her birth mother. Because the birth father, Dustin Brown, had Cherokee heritage, however, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was triggered, and pursuant to a South Carolina court order, Veronica was placed with her biological father under terms of the............

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September 18, 2013 @ 1:50 PM


By staff


An interesting story was recently provided by CNN, detailing the growing trend of American children being adopted overseas via international adoption. Usually our concept of foreign adoption is by Americans adopting a child from overseas. Interestingly, however, while international adoptions by Americans has declined by more than 50% in recent years, adoptions of American children by foreign citizens have started to rise. Just ten years ago, the numbers were so small, such adoption virtually did not even exist.


Compiling statistics is somewhat tricky, as the U.S. government only tracks adoptions done by Hague Convention providers. (This is an international treaty which only permits ......

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January 7, 2013 @ 9:25 AM


By the staff

Big news for adoptive parents...

Congress passed the passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "fiscal cliff" deal) on January 1, 2013, and it was signed into law by President Obama the following day. Part of the new law is the extension of the federal Adoption Tax Credit.

And more good news...

In past years, the Adoption Tax Credit always had a sunset provision, where it expired within a yeor two, requiring it to be passed again by Congress (leading us the the recent worry if the tax credit would be extended into 2013). The bill which just past made the Adoption Tax Credit permanent. Yes, permanent, so absent some major legislative change in the......

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December 17, 2012 @ 5:07 PM

By staff

The internet has changed the lives of everyone regarding access to information, and the same is true of its role in adoption. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a highly respected organization, has issued a detailed 70 page report on the subject, authored by Jeanne A. Howard, Ph.d., covering how it impacts independent, agency and international adoption, from family formation to birth parent searches.


For the full report go to: PDF Full ReportThe article, released in December 2012, concludes that social media and other elements of this modern technology are having both positive and negative "transformative" effects on adoption policy and practice, touching millions of people&.........

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October 1, 2012 @ 9:19 AM


The adoption community is well aware that the federal adoption tax credit expires as of January 1, 2013. Vigorous efforts have been underway by countless adoption groups to renew the credit. On September, 21, 2012 Senator Landrieu (D-LA) introduced Senate Bill 3616 to not only continue  
the adoption tax credit, but also make it permanent and refundable. In prior years, the credit was for only a limited period, as evidenced by its present expiration at the end of 2012. Also, for most years in which the Adoption Tax Credit has been in effect, it has been a credit against tax owed, not a full refundable tax credit. This new bill, if it passes, will make the Adoption Tax Credit both permanent and refundable. As with the earlier ............

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July 17, 2012 @ 2:52 PM


The federal adoption tax credit for 2012 is $12,650. (Please see our detailed article on the tax credit for details). If no further action is taken by Congress to extend the tax credit, it will expire in 2013, with the exception of a smaller credit continuing to exist ($5,000), and only for special needs children.

On April 17th, Representative Bruce Braley (Iowa) introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act (Bill number: H.R. 4373). If enacted, it will not only renew, but also expand, the federal adoption tax credit, making it permanent and refundable. (For 2012, the credit is not refundable - meaning you must have paid federal taxes to obtain the credit, and every year or two legislation is introduced to extend the......

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July 3, 2012 @ 10:26 AM


As is the norm, California only allows children to have no more than two lawful parents for a child. Although in most states the limitation for these two parents is mother and father (e.g. female and male), in some states, the parents may be of the same gender, typically through adoption, step-parent adoption or surrogacy. Now, a new bill is pending in California which would allow a child to have more than two legal parents.

The bill pending in the California Senate (SB 1486), was introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D) from San Francisco.  “The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” Leno told the Sacremento Bee. He said the bill is not ...

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