The sometimes volatile discourse surrounding the right of or appropriateness of gays and/or lesbian adults to adopt children yearning for permanence and forever families triggers, for me, memories of my “family secret”…a secret hidden at great emotional cost to me, my brothers and my mother. This secret undermined our financial security, sense of personal safety and was a crippling embarrassment. Our father’s alcoholism was, then, seen a disgrace rather than diagnosed as disease. Given the choice I’d take gay any day!
On September 29, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The law will protect children from sex trafficking, enhance the Adoption Incentive program, enable children in care to participate in normal childhood activities and fund new post-adoption and post-guardianship supports. The bill’s movement through Congress was not easy, but well worth the wait. The National Adoption Center is particularly pleased that the new law prevents states from using the Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) as a case goal for children under 16.
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
Every year, adoptive parents welcome tens of thousands of children and teenagers into supportive and loving families.
H.R. 4980 – The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act just passed the Senate by unanimous consent in the last hours before adjournment. The bill is to reauthorize the federal Adoption Incentives Program, renew the last year of funding for the Family Connections Grants and strengthen child welfare’s response to foster youth who fall victim to domestic sex trafficking.
My name is Anna Coleman and I am currently a graduate student at Eastern University. As a grad student finding the time to do anything other than school work can be a pretty difficult task. Therefore during my summer breaks I try and take advantage of my new-found free time. Instead of spending the summer on a beach like I had planned to do, I was required to spend my summer elsewhere. Despite the fact that I couldn’t spend my summer as I had hoped, I found this "something else" to be much more rewarding.
The start of a new fiscal year brings new opportunities to identify forever families for our most vulnerable children, thanks to the National Adoption Center. We’ve been looking into the concept of Extreme Recruitment®, a new initiative which began in St. Louis with the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Extreme Recruitment® finds permanent homes for children by creating a dynamic team that works together, with a strong sense of urgency.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. As an adoptive mom, I consider this day special.
It, to me, signifies a rite of passage. Days when adoptive parents have earned the right to celebrate and be honored in that position.
Close to my own mom, I recall treasured Mother’s Day times with her. One that stands out to this day, presenting that infamous M-O-T-H-E-R poem--you know the --
M is for the million things something, something
O is for the (well, you get the picture)