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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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Adult Adoptee Could Be Adopted Without Losing Biological Parent in New Hampshire

According to this article, a New Hampshire Court permitted an adult to be adopted by an unmarried adult without the Court having to terminate the rights of her biological parent.

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US Senators Write Letter Opposing House Bill Language Permitting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

Forty U.S. Senators sign off on a July 25, 2018 letter addressed to the Senate Appropriates Committee voicing their objection to proposed House language that would permit faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to adopt.

 

 

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Judge Denies Catholic Social Services Restraining Order Motion

Philadelphia suspended its foster care contract with Catholic Social Services after they refused to work with a gay couple. 

Catholic Social Services sued for a temporary restraining order to continue its foster care work with Philadelphia arguing religious liberties.

On Friday, Federal Judge Petrese B. Tucker opined that the city had a right to force the agency to adhere to the city’s nondescrimination policies and the motion for temporary restraining order was denied.

 

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PA Tax Credits Proposed

Pennsylvania’s 116th legislative district Representative Toohil (R-Luzerne County) has stated she is considering proposing Pennsylvania state tax credits of $500 and $1000 for Pennsylvania families who foster or adopt a child. 

Read more about it here.

Note:  This is just a legislative proposal.  It has not been enacted into law as of the date of this posting, July 3, 2018.

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California Blocks Oklahoma Travel Because of Oklahoma Anti-Adoption Law

A new Oklahoma law allowing a private adoption agency  to deny adoption to certain prospective adoptive parents has led California to ban California State travel funds to Oklahoma according to this report.

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Adoption Benefits Increased for Veterans

Veterans may be able to soon use funds earmarked for “medical expenses” towards adoption expense reimbursement effective on or after March 5, 2018 according to the Federal Register.  

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