Adoption

New York Set Adoptees’ Birth Certificates Free Last Week, Advocates See Path for Other States

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ended decades of secrecy around adoptions in New York on Thursday, signing a landmark reform bill to allow adult adoptees unrestricted access to their original birth certificates. Since 1936, that access […]

Adoption

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Rules Barring Discrimination in Foster Care, Adoption

In a move expected for months, the Trump administration has announced it will no longer enforce an Obama-era rule insisting that federally funded child welfare providers refrain from discrimination against adults and children based on […]

Adoption

Permanency is Possible for Older Youth in Child Welfare

“I don’t want a family.”  “Johnny will never have a family so it’s best to focus on independent living skills.” For decades, Plummer Youth Promise accepted the truth of these statements. And so, rather than […]

Adoption

License to Discriminate: What to Watch for with Faith-Based Protection Laws (UPDATED September 2019)

In 2018, three states – Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina – joined the ranks of seven other states in passing laws to enable faith-based child welfare providers to discriminate against foster and adoptive parents, or even […]