5/4/2021

Unanimous Oregon House Backs Customary Tribal Adoption
The Oregon House of Representatives recently gave unanimous approval to legislation that would require state judges to accept tribal customary adoptions in cases involving Native American and Alaska Native children, ensuring that they can remain connected to their tribe.

4/30/2021

We Don’t Need The Adoption and Safe Families Act to Shorten Foster Care Stays

Although it took longer than in many other aspects of American life, the racial justice reckoning finally may be having an effect on child welfare. As America is forced to take a new look at other draconian, racially biased laws of the 1990s – the “crime bill” and a law to “end welfare as we know it” – there now are calls to repeal the so-called Adoption and Safe Families Act.

4/27/2021

Missouri Governor Signs Foster Care and Adoption Tax Breaks
Missourians who adopt children or take in foster kids will get meaningful tax breaks in the future since Gov. Mike Parson signed a pair of bills this week amid a rare legislative session in which child welfare is a major priority.

4/19/2021

Keyon’s Case Heads to Washington Supreme Court
After the child was placed with strangers, his family fought the system on two fronts

4/15/2021

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Tax Breaks to Foster and Adoptive Caregivers

The Missouri House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills on Jan. 27 that would increase financial support for foster and adoptive parents. Now, they await approval by the Senate.

House Bill 429 would provide a tax deduction for foster parents — $2,500 for a single parent, $5,000 for a married couple — who have been caretaking for at least six months.

4/14/2021

Texas House Moves Bill Strengthening Adoptee Rights to Original Birth Certificate

This could be the year that nearly 1 million Texas adoptees can get a copy of their original birth certificate without asking a judge.

Texas adoptees said attempts to pass a measure making it easier for them to obtain the document have fallen short time and again in recent years.

3/31/2021

Tennessee Appeals to Faith Community to Raise Foster Care Capacity

In 2020, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed into law a a “religious freedom” bill ensuring that foster care and adoption agencies could continue to be eligible to receive taxpayer funding even if they refuse to serve same-sex foster and adoptive parents.

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3/23/2021

Campaign Begins to Repeal Major Federal Child Welfare Law
Artwork created for the Repeal ASFA campaign by visual artist Jahmel R.

Activists are preparing to embark on a national campaign aimed at repealing the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), bipartisan legislation passed in the late 1990s in an effort to prevent children from languishing in foster care. 

3/18/2021

Ethical Challenges Remain in The World of Private Adoptions

Adoption practices continue to challenge the ethics of social workers due to myriad conflicting interests which have existed since the practice began. Dangerous informal child care arrangements in the early to mid 1900s have been replaced by a patchwork of state and federal laws, regulations and child care practices meant to serve the best interests of everyone associated with adoption, but we continue to allow for ethically concerning “wrongful” adoptions.