Kentucky Lawmakers Making Adoption Easier

Kentucky Lawmakers are making some changes to the adoption and foster care laws in the state. Glenna Bevin is the first lady of the state. She stated that the changes that are being made are one of the most beautiful things that she has seen in a long time. Governor Matt Bevin stated that he supports the laws.

The bill states that children who are taken by the Department of Children and Family Services must be reunited with their family or put up for adoption within 15 months. The sponsored bill has been sent to the House. Representative David Meade is one of the people who introduced the bill. He stated that the goal is to reduce the number of children that are in foster care.

The number of children in Kentucky being taken from their homes due to neglect or abuse has increased drastically. Last year, there were 11,387 children in Kentucky living in foster care. Sixty-seven percent of the children in foster care are eventually returned to their homes.

Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. She stated that the bill shows that the state is committed to the well-being of children. It also shows that they want to strengthen support for children who have been hurt by neglect and abuse.

The bill requires that social workers’ caseloads be reported to the Department of Community-Based Services. Unmarried men will also be required to register with the state if they want to have a say in whether or not the child is put up for adoption. Additionally, the bill proposes that social worker pay be increased and more social workers be hired.

New Adoption Fee Can Make It Hard To Adopt

It is getting harder for families to adopt. The United States Department of State just added a $500 fee to intercountry adoption. The Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and the Council on Accreditation decided to add the fee. They stated that the fee will have a positive long-term effect on children and families.

However, Bethany Christian Services is concerned about the effects that this fee will have. They believe that it will have a negative effect on the children and families who want to adopt. Kris Faase is one of the people who works for Bethany Christian Services. He stated that everyone is concerned about the welfare of the children. They want to make sure that the children will be properly taken care of. They also want to make sure that the children are not being trafficked.

However, Kris is concerned that fewer people will be able to adopt because of the fee. It is already expensive to adopt a child. In fact, it can cost over $40,000 to adopt a child. Many families have to wait years before they can complete their adoption. If someone decides to adopt a child overseas, then this process can take even longer.

Kris stated that everyone who wants to adopt a child from another country has to fill out an application. They also have to make sure that they meet the standards that are set by that country. Intercountry adoptions are on the decline. Millions of children around the world are in need of a home. However, the rising adoption fees are preventing people from adopting children.

Kris encourages people who want to adopt a child to continue with the process. They also encourage people to contact their local senator or representative and express their concern about the fee.

An Ethical Adoption Question

People often have many questions about adoption. Many people wonder about the legal ramifications of the adoption process. For example, how exactly does one go about legally adopting a child from a developing country? After legal concerns, many people have financial questions. People want to know who much it costs to travel, complete the necessary paperwork, and take care of all of the other issues surrounding an adoption. These are all important things to consider. However, few people ever stop to ask some of the ethical questions regarding adoption.

Thankfully, questions about adoption ethics do get asked and answered from time to time. For example, one writer recently fielded an ethical question regrading the feelings of the biological parent. The question was simple. What if the biological parents never want to see the child he or she gave up for adoption? Many parents allow their son or daughter to be adopted anonymously. It can come as a surprise when the same parents realize their child, now an adult, has somehow tracked them down. Is it a violation of ethics to simply want to have nothing to do with the adult child?

The writer answering the question didn’t believe so. However, many commentators on the article believed otherwise. While biological parents can chose to remove themselves from parenting a child, they are still the ones responsible for creating that life in the first place. The commentators argued this prohibits the biological parents from having the moral authority to write off their adult child merely as a casual acquaintance from long ago. Rather, the biological parents still have an ethical responsibility to be cordial and maintain some semblance of a relationship. However, as in all ethical questions, opinions differ.

What do you think about this ethical adoption question? Let us know below!

International Adoption Fees Welcome News to Some U.S. Citizens

Stories often fill the news about celebrities, religious leaders and others adopting children overseas. Recent changes in international adoption will make these adoptions more difficult. On February 16, Associated Press writer David Crary reported that the United States government had made changes to international adoption procedures, regulation and fees designed to prevent scams that have harmed the public. Increased fees passed on to prospective parents are expected to generate funds necessary to safeguard them by enlarging and improving accreditation and investigation staff and processes.

Business leaders at the National Council for Adoption and many adoption agencies are upset about the new changes. One adoption agency CEO, Greg Eubanks, told the press that international adoptions are a “life-and-death issue” for some kids who have mental health issues and need relocation from their birth countries. Yet, Eubanks’ claim seems to ignore that international adoptions have actually dropped over the last decade and a half from tens of thousands to less than 6,000. American families only adopted 5,372 children from other countries in 2016.

Although it is true that children are suffering in countries around the world, leaders at adoption agencies seem to have ignored the suffering taking place in the United States. Experts estimate that as many as one out of every 30 children in the U.S. don’t have a home. Although many of the estimated 2.5 million school-aged children without homes have families or guardians who are also experiencing their homelessness, a lot of children have no one to rely upon to help them. Additionally, a 2015 government report revealed that an estimated 400,000 children were waiting in foster care for someone to adopt them. Over 28,000 children had been waiting for five years or more.

Given these numbers, critics often ask why the government permits any foreign adoptions outside of special circumstances. Faith-based organizations usually see it as their mission to adopt children from foreign countries even though there’s an obvious need for an increase in domestic adoptions. Some U.S. citizens hope that the new international adoption fees and associated regulations will prompt more families to adopt here at home.

Woman Fights Adoption Battle In Russia

A Russian mother is fighting a battle in court after her adopted kids were stripped away from her by local authorities. The adopting mother, Yulia Savinovskikh said she had breast surgery because her large breasts were affecting her health and well-being. Right before having the breast surgery, Yulia said she wrote a blog where she pretended she was a man.

Her two adopted children were taken away from her in August of 2017. The court said that because she identified as being a man in her blog post before the surgery, she had no right to be an adoptive parent of the kids anymore. It is important to point out that the kids that Yulia Savinovskikh adopted were from an orphanage. They are also mentally ill.

The Russian district court in Yekaterinburg said that Mrs. Savinovskikh could no longer play the role of a mother and that she goes against what is considered normal in Russian society. The court in Yekaterinburg also said that she is violating family law principles in the country. This is a clear form of discrimination.

Yulia Savinovskikh has three older children which she has given birth and raised. She also says that her kids call her mum like any other child would call their mother. Savinovskikh has also added that she is not taking any hormones or undergoing a penis reconstruction surgery to make her more manly. She is also not changing her gender on her documents and will contain to be listed as a female. Savinovskikh is also married to a man who is her husband and was supportive of her breast surgery.

Mrs. Savinovskikh’s struggle to win back custody of her adopted kids who are only a few years old and are mentally ill is emblematic of a larger problem when it comes to adoption in Russia. Many parents who are homosexual or transgender face discrimination when adopting kids. Homosexuals and transgender people are also discriminated against and face persecution in Russia. Instead of focusing on giving these kids a happy and loving home by people that want to adopt them, the Russian courts are attacking their supposed sexuality and lifestyle. This is wrong and needs to change.

The Biracial Word Of Adoption

The Adoption Of The First Child

Recently, splinternews.com Splinternews.com did an article about a young couple that decided to make the decision to adopt children. Meg St-Esprit is a freelance writer who lives in Pittsburgh. She and her husband decided that they wanted to find their own religion. They went on a search for God, and they found a church that they really loved. After getting acquainted with the members of the church, St-Esprit and her husband began the process of adopting their first child. Their son was a local blue-eyed, blond haired boy. All of the members of the church were happy for the family. The church members congratulated them , cried with them, hugged them, and made Meg St-Esprit and her husband feel like heroes for adopting such a beautiful child.

 

Adopting Black Children

Meg St-Esprit wrote an article about the different experience that she and her husband had after adopting adopting two black children. St-Esprit felt like the members of her church had rejected her black babies, and she was very surprised that many of them showed racist attitudes. It was something that she never realized because she is a white woman herself who does not have a prejudice bone in her body. Because of so many racist comments that were directed towards her children, St-Esprit and her husband decided to move to a new area. The family also found a new accepting church.

 

My Take On The Experience

The experience of Megan St-Esprit and her husband is deeply saddening and also moving. It shows that there are many people who are hiding racist feelings, but it also shows that people like Meg St-Esprit and her husband exist as well. They are amazing people who truly do not see race; they only see love and hope. It is wonderful to read a story about people who are so open and loving. I hope that St-Esprit and her family find peace in their new church and acceptance in their new location.

What You Need to Know About Adopting a Child

Adoption is a great way for you to bring an unwanted child into a loving and caring home. This is why a lot of people are choosing to do adoption and are finding it to be an ideal option for their own needs. Unfortunately, adoption can be a lot more difficult than people think. It’s easy to tell someone who cannot have children that they can just adopt, but going through the process is a whole different story. For one, adoption can cost tens of thousands of dollars, which is more than a lot of people are able to afford. Plus, the adoption agency will also want to ensure that you have a high income coming in so that you’ll be able to support the child easily.

 

Along with checking for income and a substantial adoption fee, the agency will also do a physical and mental health check on you and your partner to ensure that you are fit enough to care for a child. This is a big time in a lot of people’s lives, and it is important that you are going to be well-prepared for taking a kid into your home and heart. Because there are lots of different steps and requirements for adopting a child, it is often difficult or even impossible for the vast majority of people who want to adopt to actually be approved for a child.

 

Because of this, there are many different ways for you to consider taking in a child. One way is for you to foster the child, as there are fewer requirements needed to become a foster parent. It might also help you if you work in a daycare of childcare facility so that you can be prepared for what it takes to care for a child. It is easier said than done to care for a baby, toddler, child and teenager, and this is why it helps if you are looking into preparing yourself fully.

New York Times Discusses Open Adoption

With open adoption being a fairly new legal process that many prospective adoptive parents have many questions about, the New York Times recently decided to publish an article discussing the implications and possible impact of an open adoption. By using one family participating in an open adoption as a case study, Ryan Smith discussed the benefits, drawbacks, and potential concerns of open adoption to help families struggling with the decision. According to Smith, thousands of children and adoptive parents are involved in open adoptions ever year in the United States. Many of the parents keep in touch with the adoption agencies during the process and often openly discuss their experiences with open adoption.

Smith used the Cadence family as an illustration for open adoptions in his article. Shandra and Bill Cadence reside in the suburbs of New York City and have adopted three siblings from the same family in an open adoption process. When discussing the open adoption process with Smith, the Cadence family revealed their intentions to adopt only one child in this manner. After adopting the first child from a mother who was not suitable to raise children at the time, the Cadence family received information that the mother had become pregnant a second time. Not wanting the mother’s second child and their adopted child’s sibling to be abandoned or raised by anther family, the Cadence family chose to adopt the second and third child as a part of their family. The family’s open adoption process is both rewarding and difficult. The Cadences revealed that they enjoyed the aspect of open adoption that allowed their children to know and love their biological mother as an extended member of their family. The family is also frequently disappointed, however, at the mother’s inconsistent behavior. Her visits with her biological children are sometimes frequent, but are sometimes missing altogether. This inconsistency often upsets the adoptive children.

Ultimately, Smith reported that the Cadence family are pleased with the fact that the open adoption has allowed them to have a relationship with the biological mother that would not have been possible in a closed adoption.

Canada’s Government Seeks to Restore Relationships After Adoption Decisions

A recent post by the New York Times revealed that the Canadian government is attempting to restore proper relationships with the country’s native populations. The country has a history of injustice toward its native people, and are seeking to restore relationships following the government’s 1960s decision to remove indigenous children from their reservations and put them up for adoption by non-native families. The decision came as a result of Westward expansion and, according to the New York Times, has impacted thousands of families that are native to the Americas. The decision to resettle native children, colloquially known as the the Sixties Swoop, is now being recognized across Canada as a catastrophe that should be accounted for.

The efforts to eradicate the result of the adoptions that took place during the sixties began about a decade ago when the Canadian government made official apologetic statements regarding the Sixties Swoop. In 2008, the Canadian government implemented a class action settlement that would pay out at least 750 million dollars to families that were negatively affected by the widespread adoption process. According to the New York Times, many individuals who were adopted during this time or who had their children forcibly removed from their households have come forth to discuss the implications the adoption process had on their livelihoods.

Several adults who were removed from their homes during the Canadian Sixties Swoop discussed their upbringing and the cultural effect of the removal. Nancy Hodges, a woman who was 6 years old when she was removed from her family in 1962 and placed in the adoptive care of a white family, stated that the effects of her removal were catastrophic and lasting. She stated that although her adoptive parents were kind and caring, she loved and dearly missed her biological parents and reconnected with them during her late teen-aged years. Nancy recounted several stories of family events that she missed during her time living with her adoptive parents and has always been disheartened at the fact that she missed time with her father before his death when she was 19.

Recent news on adoption and being a parent to adopted child

Adoption is a life process whereby parents involved in the process allows a child or children to live permanently with them according to the law and guidelines. Latest news on adoption covers a variety of exciting stories. The New Mexico foster and adoption guidelines. The most recent report on adoption and fostering of children includes a range of regulations. One should be able to have the necessary licensing requirements. This involves an approved home study done through the Children, Youth and Families Department of the New Mexico state.

One qualifies to become a foster family in New Mexico if they are of 21-year-old and above, healthy if they are willing to attend parenting classes and can provide for the new member of the family. Adoption requires one to fill the application entirely about personal details also they should be willing to attend local adoptive parent orientation program.

Recent news shows that about 25% of households in the UK with dependent children are headed by single parents. Single parenting is healthy; in fact, research has shown that children raised by single parents offer the best parental care. In the case of an adoption as a single parent one is required to weigh options in some things this includes employment, life goals and also in having romantic relationships.

Adoption as a single parent comes with a couple of advantages for you and the adopted child. First and foremost your child will have maximum time with your child. Your child will acquire all the necessary attention and thus strengthens the bond between you and your child. One does not have to consult or negotiate with anyone on how well to raise your child one, therefore, has the best chance to raise up their children in the best ways possible.

Adoptive parents are guided on the right moment of telling their children about the adoption. Parents are encouraged to inform their children on confirmation at an early age. These ages range between 2 and four years. This enables the child to be comfortable with the term rather than waiting for too long to inform them this might terminate the strong bond between you and your child altogether.