Category Archives: Adoption News

Tax Reform Must Preserve Adoption Tax Credit

Our friends over at Save The Adoption Tax Credit working group have put out an action alert in response to upcoming tax reform efforts in the Senate. In late June Senators were informed that the Joint Committee on Taxation would be starting their work with a blank slate, and were asked to submit their own [...]

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DOMA is Unconstitutional says Supreme Court, Prop 8 Dismissed

Update: The SCOTUS has dismissed the CA prop 8 case, saying that a private party (the coalition that put prop 8 on the state ballot) did not have the constitutional standing to defend a statue when the State has chosen not to. This means the lower courts’ ruling that prop 8 is unconstitutional will stand. [...]

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End Discrimination in Virginia Adoption Law

Last week Virginia Governer Bob McDonell announced the Virginia Adopts Campaign, an effort to find permanent homes for 1,000 of Virginia’s approximately 4,000 children in the foster care system. Independent Adoption Center supports this effort, but we must also point out that Virginia’s “Conscience Clause” law prevents otherwise eligible families from adopting. Signed by Gov. [...]

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Georgia’s HB-21 Signed Into Law

May 6th was an important day in Georgia state law: HB 21 was signed into law by Governor Deal, making post adoption contract agreements legal in the state of Georgia. This endeavor began earlier this year when Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced the bill after being approached by Judge Michael Key of Troupe County. There [...]

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South Korea and Open Adoption

Last week, a production company that produces educational documentaries for a well-known South Korean cable company, YUGA TV, contacted me to discuss open adoption. This was particularly surprising given the history of adoption in South Korea. The producer explained that historically, domestic adoption has not been a common practice in South Korea. Additionally, stigmas related [...]

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Texas HB201: Same-Sex Adoption Birth Certificates

IAC stands in support of Texas House Bill 201, which would amend birth certificate requirements for adoptees. LGBTQ and same-sex families may adopt under current Texas law, but they face a problem at the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Because of a change made to the law in 1997, supplemental birth certificates (used for adoptions [...]

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In Memory of Ellen Roseman

We are sad to announce that Ellen Roseman passed away on April 20, 2013 after a long battle with liver cancer. Ellen was an adoptive mother and adoption facilitator in Northern California. She was a dedicated advocate for open adoption for 30 years. She helped educate the world about open adoption (I fondly remember doing [...]

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Georgia’s HB 21: Post Adoption Contracts

Georgia House Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced a bill in February 2013 that would, if passed, make post adoption contract agreements in Georgia legally binding. Her interest in initiating this bill stemmed from Judge Michael Key, out of Troup County, who’s experience in the courts led him to believe this would be beneficial. The interest [...]

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NOM Smears Chief Justice Roberts Over Adoption

The leader of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that lobbies against equality for LGBTQ people, was recently quoted by AP as saying adoption is “the second-best option”. He was referencing the family of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the father of two adopted children. The quote was meant to prioritize heterosexual families [...]

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Independent Adoption Center Expands to Connecticut

On February 27, 2013, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensed The Independent Adoption Center to provide adoption services in the state of Connecticut. IAC  is a full service adoption agency for both birth and adoptive families. The agency provides non-directive counseling, home study, outreach and placement, termination of parental rights, post-placement supervision, and [...]

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