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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
According to this article, three chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees signed a letter to Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly on April 10, 2017 voicing their support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act which would allow U.S. adoption agencies to legally exclude same-sex couples from consideration for adoption based on their “sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions.” The Bishops support carving out a religious exception to state anti-discrimination laws that would allow religious adoption agencies to continue to receive state dollars.
The three chairs are: (1) The chairman of the US Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; (2) the chair of the bishops’ Subcommittee for Defense and Promotion of Marriage; and (3) the Chairman of the Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
The Nebraska Supreme Court released an opinion on Friday, April 7, 2017, denying the State’s request to reverse the Nebraska Judge’s holding that the State’s ban on gay adoption was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also awarded legal fees in excess of $150,000 to attorneys representing the adoptive families, and clearly stated that a gay adoption ban was akin to ‘White’s Only” racial discrimination signs.
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