Category Archives: Adoption

Baby Veronica Returned to Adoptive Parents

From Randi Kaye and Leslie Bentz at CNN. The 4-year-old girl at the center of a lengthy, high-profile custody dispute between her Native American father and her adoptive parents has been returned to the couple, an attorney for the biological father said Monday. Earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Dusten Brown, the […]

Kids for Sale? A Dangerous, New Alternative to Working Within the Child Custody System

ABA Journal picked up on a fascinatingly disturbing new trend some parents are taking advantage of when their foreign adoptions aren’t working out: put them up for sale. Adopting a child requires, at minimum, court approval and legal paperwork. Abandoning a child, biological or adopted, can result in civil liability or even criminal charges. Traditionally, […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Mothers are Tougher on Kids During Recession, www.newsfeed.time.com A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy is broaching how a down economy can impact family life. New York University sociologist Dohoon Lee contends that an uptick in strict maternal behavior stems more from anticipation of hard times rather than actual exposure. In fact, mothers treated […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Man Wanted in Custody Case Returning to Oklahoma, www.abcnews.com The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute was ordered to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma, an Iowa Guard spokesman said Sunday. Brown, who is Cherokee, is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter, Veronica. A […]

Discrimination and Racism in Adoptions

Discrimination and racism is something experienced by many immigrants and non-immigrants alike.  By nature, people seem to be uncomfortable with change and differences and tend to express their discomfort or curiosity in ways that are offensive.  Many may argue that is not true anymore, and I agree.  Fortunately, modern society is much more international and […]

The Difficulties of International Adoptions

I grew up listening to my dad’s stories about being a war orphan in South Korea.  He told me how he resented other children for having families.  He told me about school teachers and other children bullying and teasing him for being an orphan.  He told me about the “Oink Food” (i.e., pig slop) feast […]

Indian Child Welfare Act and Adoption Tragedy

NPR recently reported on The Indian Child Welfare Act, a piece of legislation that has landed at the center of a contentious U.S. Supreme Court case. The NPR story is entitled, “Adoption Case Brings Rare Family Law Dispute to High Court.“ The Indian Child Welfare Act, was passed in 1978 by Congress to prevent  the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Bully Effect, Anderson Cooper 360 An extraordinary documentary called “Bully” captured a behavior adults hear about, but rarely see: the way some kids pressure and relentlessly harass their peers. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch was embedded in several schools for an entire year. What he filmed was so raw and eye-opening that the project catapulted a […]

Children and Sports: For the Love of the Game or Something More?

This post analyzes the physical, psychological, social, academic, and professional benefits participation in sports can have on a child. It serves as an introduction to a policy statement intended to require some sort of athletic participation in juvenile detention, foster care, and adoption facilities.

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: New Jersey Appeals Court Says Juveniles Entitled to Hearing Before Being Moved to Adult Prison, NorthJersey.com The decision strikes down a state administrative regulation that allowed officials to move some juvenile offenders to adult prisons without even notifying them of the […]

LAST DAY to Register Early for the 11th Zealous Advocacy Conference in Houston, Texas

Today is the LAST DAY to register early and save 60% on the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference. After today, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Don’t miss your chance to register TODAY! 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012 Location: University of […]