Fighting for Kin: She’s a Social Worker and Foster Parent — But a Court Won’t Let Her Adopt Her Nephews

Despite laws prioritizing kin care, Minnesota officials have sided with a foster parent vying to adopt two brothers, blindsiding their aunt.


Fighting for Kin: A Black Family Struggles to Unite with Two of its Youngest Members in Foster Care 

Challenges are myriad for an aunt seeking to adopt her nephews — from decades-old “attachment” theories to perceptions of courtroom body language.


Former NFL Star and ‘Blind Side’ Film Hero Accuses a Prominent Memphis Family of Lying About His Adoption 

The man who inspired one of the nation’s best-known adoption movies filed a lawsuit this week, claiming the story was based on a lie.


California Bans ‘Adoption Facilitators’ Known to Engage in Questionable Practices

California has outlawed the use of unlicensed adoption brokers who match prospective parents with pregnant mothers.


SafeCamp Spotlights: April Dinwoodie of “Born in June, Raised in April”

On this week’s episode we discuss a slate of recent court decisions over gender-affirming care for minors; Arizona moves to protect Social Security benefits for foster youth; big data breaches involving youth in the system; and California closes state-run juvenile prisons for good. 



In Her New Book, Transracial Adoptee and Minneapolis Author Shannon Gibney Envisions the Childhood She Lived and the One She Imagines

The Imprint's Farrah Mina interviews author Shannon Gibney about her book “The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be.”

    Richard Barth


    We Haven’t Done Enough to Increase the Safety of Adoptions

    Rick Barth reflects on the lessons for foster care and adoptions within Roxanna Asgarian's new book, "We Were Once a Family"


    Asking the Right Questions About Adoption

    Media accounts of particularly violent and heinous crimes, such as school shootings and sniper attacks, often focus on the motivation of the perpetrators. So it was on March 26, 2018, when white adoptive parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, with Jennifer at the wheel, drove an SUV carrying their six Black and bi-racial children off a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway, plunging all 8 to their deaths in the rocks and ocean below.


    ASFA Is A Dangerous Tool in An Arbitrary System  

    It's time to reverse course on the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), the dangerous bipartisan legislation that recently turned 25.