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International adoption rates free falling in U.S.A.

The number of International adoptions in the United States are in free fall for a variety of reasons, including: political (Russia), legal (Guatemala), and economic and relaxed family rules (China).

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Trump spokeswoman attacks Mitt Romney as “pro-adoption”

Tea Party Trump spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, attacks Mitt Romney for being pro-adoption.

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Adele (Jokingly?) Offers to Become Surrogate for Engaged Gay Couple At Concert

Adele considering surrogacy. Story here.

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Civil Union and Cohabiting Partners May Now Be Able to Adopt in Ireland if Legislation is Approved

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs of Ireland, James Reilly, announced the publication of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill of 2016.  The Bill eases rules for step-parent adoptions and creates eligibility for unmarried civil union and cohabiting partners to adopt.

 

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Adoption and Financial Planning

Financial plan for adoption may include contacting: (a) your Human Resource Department to learn if an adoption subsidy at work is available; and (b) your accountant to learn if you are eligible for an adoption tax credit.

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In Italy, Gay Adoption Determined on Case-by-Case Basis

A Court in Italy on April 29, 2016 allowed a same-sex couple to adopt each other’s child.  Legislation in Italy is heavily influenced by the Vatican and does not expressly provide for  gay adoption; however, couples have had some success in relying on legislation in Italy that favors”emotional continuity” for a child on a case-by-case basis.

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Surrogacy Ban In Nepal Leaves Dwindling Lower Cost Options

Nepal‘s September 2015 surrogacy ban reduces options for opposite-sex and same-sex couples pursuing reduced cost surrogacy arrangements.   Nepal now joins a list of other developing countries banning surrogacy.  Opponents of Surrogacy cite exploitation of surrogates who are poor with limited-to-no protections and lack of protections for babies rejected by intended parents.

 

 

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Same-Sex Adoption Bans No Longer in U.S.A.

Mississippi did not challenge their unconstitutional statute banning gay adoption by filing a timely appeal.  This means that gay adoption is not statutorily prohibited in any state.

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Mississippi’s Unconstitutional Gay Adoption Ban Appeal Deadline Expires

Mississippi deadline to appeal Federal decision declaring gay adoption ban unconstitutional expires.

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In The News

Local lawyer decided to
make adoptions his strong suit.
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