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Love wins!

Friends in Adoption is thrilled with today’s SCOTUS decision on Marriage equality. We congratulate all of our gay, lesbian, transgender and ALL TYPES of families in this very important, historic victory today! Love wins, all families win, all children win!… Read More

Thank you Senator Gillibrand for “Every Child Deserves a Family”

LGBTQ & Adoption: “Every Child Deserves a Family” — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced federal legislation that would ensure that LGBTQ individuals and couples have the same adoption rights as heterosexual individuals and couples do. In the news, two Friends in Adoption (FIA) families were recently featured in stories related to this proposed law. … Read More

Father’s Rights in Adoption: An Overview

One of the questions which you may face when considering a New York adoption placement is whether the birth father has the legal right to interfere with or upset the adoption. This summary is intended to help you understand these rights so that you may effectively respond to a placement which may be presented. To begin with, the mother’s consent is required … Read More

End of DOMA Doesn’t Mean Adoption Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Originally written by: Rebecca Ruiz, TODAY contributor Click HERE to read original article Marcie Fisher-Borne was overjoyed when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act last month: The federal government would finally acknowledge her same-sex marriage. Yet, there was one critical thing the DOMA ruling couldn’t give either Marcie or her wife Chantelle: … Read More

Gay Marriage and Adoption: Doing What’s Right for Children

Adam Pertman, Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; author, ‘Adoption Nation’ and ‘Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men,’ wrote this very succinct and eloquent article about political views, recent court cases, and gay and lesbian couples’ legal right to marry and how it affects their families with adopted children. The main point: Gay parents benefit children who are in need of families, but these … Read More

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Indian Child Welfare Act

Originally written by MEG KINNARD and published at the Huffington Post on 04/14/13. COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court this week will hear an emotional family challenge to longstanding federal law on the adoption of Native American children, with several states, tribes and children’s welfare groups lining up to support the current rules. The case involves a South Carolina … Read More

Dave Thomas Adoption Quote

Dave Thomas says it best when it comes to marriage equality, adoption and family! “People ask me: ‘What about gay adoptions? Interracial? Single Parent?’ I say: ‘Hey fine, as long as it works for the child and the family is responsible.’ My big stand is this: Every child deserves a home and love. Period.” — Dave Thomas

A History Lesson in Open and Closed Adoption

Have adoptions in America typically been open or closed? You may be surprised at the answer. The following article discusses the openness of early adoptions in America, and when changes were made. Adoption has not always been under the scope of public law and accordingly has been somewhat informal, but it has historically been quite open. If a child was … 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 … Read More

New Law Allows Requests for Birth Records

Adoptees can now request birth records thanks to new law passed in Illinois. Article from the Chicago Tribune talks with adoptees who have chosen to take advantage of the new Illinois law and get a copy of their birth certificate. “For nearly 50 years, Bob Brown longed to know the identity of his birth mother. Adopted as a baby, he … Read More

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