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A Seattle Agency Digs Deep into Unanswered Questions About Past Adoption Practices, and its Obligations to Families
Through the Adoption Files Initiative, a Seattle nonprofit is combing through five decades of adoption files to make amends in cases where requests were dropped, or staff withheld information that should have been shared.
Dave Thomas Foundation Names Top Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2021
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has again ranked the 100 American employers that best support workers who are adoptive parents.
Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases
A bill introduced before Congress would allow states to decide whether to seek the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases.
Rethinking ASFA, The Broward County Experiment and More with Corey Best
On this week’s podcast we break down the major legislation introduced last week by Rep. Karen Bass that would alter the controversial timelines around terminating parental rights in the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
Both Sides Ask Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Indian Child Welfare Act
Parties on both sides of a case over the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act have asked the Supreme Court to step in and decide.
Supreme Court Casts Hopeful Vision for a Divided Nation
For many commentators, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia seemed merely another salvo in our country’s unceasing culture wars — a zero-sum conflict in which only one side can win. I’d argue just the opposite. In a moment when society seems to be pul
Freedom to Discriminate: Breaking Down Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
On this week’s podcast, we discuss New York’s new legal path to visits for parents whose rights have been terminated; trends in juvenile incarceration; and the return of early child welfare legal advocacy to the city that birthed it.
Oregon House Sends Measure Recognizing Tribal Adoptions to Governor
Oregon lawmakers have voted to codify provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law and sent the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
Closed Adoption: A Legal Magic Eraser
Closed adoption was intended to protect the privacy of birth parents and the rights of adoptive parents. To the adoptee, however, closed adoption is a legal magic eraser.
The Data Dispute: Where New Rules on Foster Care Numbers Stands
The process for adding new elements to what’s known as the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS, is now in litigation that started under the Trump administration and continues under President Joe Biden.