There are many ways to make a difference in a child's life. In honor of National Adoption Month, I'd like to share a few ways. Here are some resources that include all types and levels of involvement. Click on each suggestion to get a link to more information on how to make it happen. Become a literacy volunteer. Become a CASA volunteer and advocate for a child in court. Become a … [Read more...] about So Many Ways to Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
November is adoption month. All month long, national awareness is turned towards adoption and adoptive families everywhere are remembering the events that shaped their families and made their lives complete. November 18th is National Adoption Day, a day which is "a collective, national effort to raise awareness of more than 110,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving … [Read more...] about November is Adoption Month!
A bipartisan effort to boost foreign adoption is in Congress. The bill is titled the "Children in Families First Act" and different versions of the bill are now in the House and Senate! Foreign adoptions are governed by many different areas of law---- international law, the laws of the two or more countries that are involved in a specific adoption, state law and immigration law. International … [Read more...] about Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress
According to Time Magazine, the number of international children adopted by American families has dropped 60% since 2004, due to changes in the developing world. These changes include 1) reform efforts; 2) economic growth; and 3) resurgent nationalism. (Time, January 21, 2013, "The Baby Deficit", by Kayla Webley) Stricter laws and policies in the form of individual countries' reform … [Read more...] about International Adoptions down due to Many Factors
We were saddened to learn about the Russian government's ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. couples. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have had a role in helping several of our clients in the finalization of adoptions of their Russian-born sons and daughters. This retaliatory move will most severely punish those who are too young to have any understanding of politics at … [Read more...] about Russian Adoption Ban
When a U.S. citizen couple (or single parent) adopts a child through international adoption procedure it is important to be certain that all steps have been followed so that the child is a U.S. citizen and can prove it, beyond any doubt. Adoptive parents should not consider the process completed until this happens. Although the procedures have become more standardized over the years, … [Read more...] about International Adoption: Proving U.S. Citizenship for Adoptees
The U.S. State Department website about intercountry adoption is an excellent resource. This site has information about the process, about the Hague Convention, and individual countries, along with the latest news, alerts and notices. http://adoption.state.gov … [Read more...] about News on Inter-country Adoption from the U.S. State Department
When a family returns to the United States with their child who was adopted in another country, there are often additional steps to be taken. When a Texas resident adopts a child from another country, that adoption is governed by Texas law, United States law, international adoption law and treaties, and the law of the country where the adoption took place. In addition, the area of adoption … [Read more...] about Completing Your Child’s Foreign Adoption in Texas