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Legislating Discrimination Against Same-Sex Adoption

Seventy-Eight US Congress members signed this letter and support this legislation permitting discrimination exemptions for religious U.S. adoption agencies.  If signed into law, any religious adoption agency could cite the law to deny service to U.S. citizens, including the intended target:  same-sex adopting couples. 

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Supporter Of Gay Adoption Rights Jeff Bezos Opens Colorado Amazon Center And Immediately Donates $10,800 to Anti-Gay Adoption Colorado Senator

According to this article, gay adoption supporter Jeff Bezos just donated $10,800 to Anti-Gay Adoption Colorado Senator weeks after opening an Amazon warehouse in Colorado.  

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Israel Agrees to Restrict Same-Sex Couples from Adopting Russian Children

According to this article, Russian law bans single parents and same-sex couples from adopting.  Russian children account for half of all foreign children adopted in Israel.  It appears that Israel and Russia have just reached a formal agreement that same-sex couples in Israel will not be able to adopt Russian children.  

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Foreign-Born Adopted Child by U.S. Military Family Missed Deadline for Adoption Finalization; Child Must Leave U.S.

Here’s a recent federal case wherein an United States citizen in the military followed the proper procedures to bring their foreign-born fifteen year old neice  to the United States for adoption, but the family then missed the age 16 deadline to file for adoption.  As a result of the missed adoption filing deadline, a Federal Judge just ruled that the child must leave the United States.

 

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Michigan Same-Sex Adoption Suit Survives Motion To Dismiss

A federal lawsuit to block Michigan from contracting or funding faith-based agencies that forbid assisting same-sex families adopt survived a motion to dismiss filed by the State of Michigan and a faith-based adoption agency.

United States District Judge Paul Borman’s ruling will now allow the case to move forward to consider blocking any state funding to faith-based adoption agencies who reject same-sex families.

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Tax Implications for Gestational Surrogates

Prior to accepting anything of value, the gestational carrier is strongly encouraged to discuss how the arrangement may be viewed for income tax purposes.  

Here are some documents (one, two, and three) which may be helpful for the gestational carrier to discuss and share with her tax professional.

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Adoption Of Foreign Born Child Does Not Automatically Confer US Citizenship

U.S. Families seeking to adopt foreign born children are strongly encouraged to consult with U.S. adoption and U.S. immigration attorneys prior to pursuing adoption.  The legal adoption in the foreign country or U.S. will not confer automatic citizen and you could run into a serious problem wherein your child may be deported.  Here’s an article about a recent family living through this nightmare.

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Illinois Creates State Adoption Tax Credit

According to this article, the State of Illinois may offer a state adoption tax credit promoting adoption.

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Arizona Could Force You to Become A Parent

Warning:  Technology may outlast your relationship.  The State of Arizona now says according to this article that if you create frozen embryos and later have a change of heart, whoever wishes to use the embryos may do so even if the other intended parent disagrees.

Actress Sofia Vergara is fighting a similar dispute in a different state arguing that she should not be forced to become a parent with embryos created with an ex years ago.

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Georgia Changes Revocation Time In Certain Cases

According to this article, Georgia is changing the revocation period for certain adoption cases from ten days to four.

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