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California Bans State Travel to Texas After Texas Enacts Law Allowing Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

According to this article, the State of California has banned state travel to the State of Texas after Texas enacted a law permitting adoption agencies to turn away adoptive families based on religious beliefs against sexual orientation.

 

 

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Massachusetts – House Rejects $1000 Tax Credit for Adoption

Report that the House in Massachusetts rejected a proposed $1000 state tax credit for adoption.

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Kansas – Democratic Legislator Seeks to Survey Attorneys on Any Bias Observed Against Same-Sex Foster/Adoptive Parents

According to this article, a legislator in Kansas is seeking to survey attorneys on observations of any bias observed against same-sex foster/adoptive parents.

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Adoption Tax Credit – Legislation Introduced To Make It Refundable

According to this article, the last time the adoption tax credit was refundable was in 2010-11.  While the American Tax Pay Relief Act in January 2013 made the adoption tax credit permanent, it did not include the ability to make it refundable.  This harmed low-income families unable to fully take advantage of the credit.  Legislation has just been introduced to make the adoption tax credit refundable thereby helping low-income families take full advantage of the adoption tax credit which will hopefully support and encourage more adoptions.

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Child Asks Step-Dad to Adopt Him

Video here.

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Sharon Stone’s Son Shares Five Words About Adoption

“Yeah, because you chose me” 

According to this blog post, Sharon Stone (mother of three adopted sons) asked her son if he knew how much she loves him.  His response appears quoted above.  

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Trend Watch – Five States Seek To Provide Faith-Based Adoption Protections To Date

According to this article, the count is up to five.  Five states now provide or are moving forward to providing for faith-based religious protections for adoption agencies which place a child’s needs and best interest below the religiously held beliefs of the adoption agency.  Essentially allowing an adoption agency to ignore a child’s best interests over religiously held beliefs.

The five states are:  Alabama (passed on May 3, 2017), South Dakota (passed in March 2017), Virginia (passed in 2012), Texas (pending legislation), and Oklahoma (pending legislation).

Georgia was moving in this direction, but the bill died when the legislature adjourned without acting on it in March 2017. 

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Texas – Faith-Based Adoption Agency’s Religious Beliefs Trump Child’s Best Interest

According to this article, a bill in the Texas House just passed permitting faith-based adoption agencies to reject adoptive parents based on the agencies religiously held beliefs.   It has been argued that the rejections may include gay, divorced, non-Christian, Jewish, etc. 

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Kentucky – Judge Refuses To Hear Gay Adoption Cases Citing Best Interest of Child

Report that a Kentucky Judge issued an Order yesterday – April 27, 2017 – refusing to hear gay adoption cases because of his belief that the adoption is against a child’s best interest.

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D.C. — Surrogacy Ban Lifted

According to this article, the District of Columbia just lifted a criminal ban on surrogacy.  Here’s a copy of the bill.

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