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Covid-19

As of this posting on Monday, March 16, 2020, it appears Courts in this area may temporarily close for adoption matters.

Your ability to adopt will not be impeded.

I will keep my office open. I will continue communicating through texts, emails, and telephone calls. I am available to both existing client families and also any potential new families considering adoption.

Thank you, and stay safe out there.

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Covid-19 Update – Adoption Questions

Monday, March 16, 2020. 3:16pm

While the Country transitions to social distancing, my office will remain open to anyone seeking assistance with adoption

You may call, email, text, video chat, etc.

I look forward to serving you.

Please stay safe.

Adam Sklar

732-422-7600

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Covid-19 Update

My adoption office remains open during these unprecedented times. You may reach out by telephone, email, video, audio, etc.

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COVID-19 – Office Open

Monday, March 16, 2020.

During these unprecedented times, I am available by telephone, email, and audio, and video to anyone wishing to talk about adoption.

Thank you, and stay safe out there!

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COVID-19 Update – I Am Available!!

3/16/2020. Monday. 308PM.

In order to serve you during this unprecedented time, I remain always available to anyone considering adoption and current clients via FaceTime, Skype, Telephone, Etc.

Thank you, and stay safe!

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Proposal to Extend Adoption Tax Credit to Pregnant Women Considering Abortion

Women placing babies for adoption would be eligible for an adoption tax credit if a Republican Candidate for Congress in North Carolina gets his way. According to his question and answer section, the candidate wishes to extend the adoption tax credit to women who are deemed at risk of seeking an abortion but then give birth.

From the website:

What is your top legislative priority if elected?

I have proposed the Birth Mother Adoption Tax Credit. Using the tax code, we would match up mothers at risk of seeking abortions with prospective adoptive parents and extend the adoption tax credit to birth mothers that carry their children to term. Saving innocent human lives is among the few legitimate functions of the federal government.

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Intended Parents of Children Born to Gestational Carriers May Be Able to Receive Benefits Under Just Signed New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a new family leave law that may provide benefits to the intended parents of children conceived through gestational carriers.

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NY State Says Adoption Agencies Must Not Discriminate; NY Adoption Agency Argues in Federal Court That They Must

To receive a State adoption agency license, New York requires that an agency work with all eligible adoptive families – including same-sex married couples.  A religious New York adoption agency argues that they can discriminate based on their religious constitutionally protected beliefs.  Yesterday, the religious agency and the State appeared for two hours of oral argument before a U.S. Federal Magistrate.    Story here.

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TN Legislator: Religious Adoption Agencies Discriminate

Tennessee State Representative John Ragan – who put forth legislation to allow state licensed religious adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex married couples –  told a reporter that his legislation is intended to discriminate. 

Ragan’s legislation is designed to provide a religious exemption from any state adoption licensing requirement that contradicts sincerely held religious beliefs.  If Ragan’s position is accepted, any business owned by religious persons with sincerely held religious beliefs offering goods and services to the public could potentially legally discriminate against non religious persons.

Essentially Representative Ragan’s position is that a person who physically exits a house of worship and desires to apply their sincerely held beliefs into the world at large outside of the house of worship should be entitled to operate businesses and maintain beliefs even if those beliefs contradict State and Federal laws designed to protect discrimination.

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Adoption Stories in the News

This week in adoption, two stories to report; both regarding gay adoption.

Tennessee has introduced legislation establishing legal grounds for adoption agencies to refuse service to couples seeking to adopt based on religiously held beliefs.  If approved, the legislation is designed to use religious beliefs to deny service.  

Sony pictures just purchased the rights to distribute an Argentinean film on a gay couple’s adoption journey.  The film will first be distributed in three Latin American territories; talks continue for a wider distribution.      

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