Important breaking news about marriage equality.

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Adoption Tax Credit – Help Save It

Act Now to Save The Adoption Tax Credit Before It’s Gone! The adoption child tax credit is one of the many parts of the U.S. tax code that could change dramatically on Jan. 1, 2013, if Congress and President Barack Obama do not act. Adoption advocates worry the changes would make adopting a child more difficult for middle income families.… Read More

Landrieu Introduces Bill to Make Adoption More Affordable

Making Adoption Affordable Act WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act to support families that have made the wonderful decision to adopt. The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) helps defray the sometimes high administrative fees associated with adoptions, ensuring that families that want to adopt are not discouraged by the high cost of the process. The Making Adoption Affordable Act will make the ATC a permanent part of the tax code and make it refundable, which would … Read More

Open Adoptions on the Rise

Openness in Adoption Spreading Across the U.S The Wall Street Journal ran a story about how Open Adoptions are on the rise, by Mara Lemos Stein. “As opposed to closed or confidential adoptions, open adoptions allow the adoptive and birth families some degree of contact, which can range from a single, in-person meeting to sharing photos and news periodically, to frequent reunions. In a shift over the past 30 years, the vast majority of domestic adoptions are now open. The … Read More

Act Now to Save $12,650 Adoption Tax Credit!

The current Adoption Tax Credit of $12,650 could be lost at the end of this year, unless you act now! Please help save the Adoption Tax Credit by contacting your representative in Congress. Important note: If your U.S. Representative is a Republican member of Congress it is especially important to contact them about H.R. 4373. This is bipartisan – 2 weeks ago we had seven Democrat Representatives newly cosponsor H.R. 4373. Let’s keep this bill evenly supported! Please take a … Read More

WNYC Radio Talks About Gay Dads

Abbie Goldberg, associate professor of psychology at Clark University, senior research fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, regular blogger for Psychology Today and the author of Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, looks at the specific issues faced by gay couples when adopting children. You can listen to a recording of the show from this link: http://tunein.com/topic/?TopicId=40492013

Rhode Island Opens Adoption Records for First Time

Adult Adoptees get Access to Birth Certificates in R.I. On July 2 2012, the state of Rhode Island began issuing original birth certificates to adult adoptees. Read the original new article and video published by The Providence Journal by going to: http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/ Video: An excerpt from the news article: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dozens of adults who had been adopted as children received their birth certificates Monday after a ceremony at the Rhode Island Health Department. After thanking legislators and advocates … Read More

Weprin introduces Adoptee Bill of Rights

Recently, I read the following on my Facebook wall: “Assemblyman David Weprin introduced the adoptees bill of rights to give Adoptees access to their birth certificate and medical records at 18 on Sunday, November 13, 2011.” (Read the full article here) A comment was posted on my wall from a young person who was adopted: Lizzy: “Adopted or not…you should have access to appropriate medical records. Mom just gave me my “original” BC, which is great. I think it is messed up this … Read More

Dear Abby: "Issues of identity are serious matters for adoptees, families"

Dear Abby: May I weigh in on the letter from “Noah’s Real Dad in New York” (June 27), whose adult adopted son wants to reclaim his original last name? I am an adult adoptee who searched for and found my birth family. I also joined a support group that was formed to support the adoption triad. Research has shown that male adoptees struggle with their identity more than females do. After all, in our patriarchal society it is the male surname … Read More

Adult Adoptees May Request Copies of Original Birth Certificates Beginning July 2012

Amendments to state law (R.I. Gen. Laws Sections 15-7, 23-3-1, 23-3-15) passed in July 2011 will allow Rhode Island-born adoptees age 25 and older to receive non-certified copies of their original, unaltered birth certificates from the State Office of Vital Records. (Non-certified copies of vital records are for informational purposes only and cannot be used for legal proof of identity, citizenship, or as a substitute for an official birth certificate.) The State Office maintains sealed files of pre-adoption birth certificates … Read More

Birth certificates and the right to know

Should adoptees have access to birth parents or should birth parents’ anonymity be protected? The birth certificates of children who were given up for adoption have been locked up in metal filing cabinets in most states since the earlier part of this century—neither the adoptees, adopted parents, nor birth parents have access to them. Within the past few years, however, six states have passed legislation to open sealed birth certificates to all parties involved. For decades, adoptees have fought nation-wide … Read More

Not the Mama Day

Dear Friend, Happy “Not the Mama” Day??  That’s the greeting my partner, Todd, and I give to each other every Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. (Not the mama being a tired joke from that old ABC show “Dinosaurs”) It too was meant as a joke, but it was also our reminder that we shouldn’t focus on our gender or whether biology links us to our kids.  Father’s Day  (and Mother’s Day) is not a day to celebrate one parent or … Read More

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