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NCALP Weekly News Summary

June 25, 2012 The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy
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FLORIDA: “Reporting Suspected Child Abuse Now Mandatory in FL”

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that makes Florida the only state in the country where everyone is responsible for reporting suspected child abuse. Under the new law, failure to report suspected child abuse in Florida is a third degree felony and higher education administrators are subject to a $1 million fine for failure to report suspected child abuse.
msnbc.com, June 8, 2012

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NATION: “US and state officials urged to ease barriers to interstate adoptions of kids in foster care”
By: Associated Press

A group of child welfare experts is appealing for change in the interstate adoption process. The group, representing several of the nation’s adoption advocacy groups, recently published a report detailing some of the current barriers to interstate adoption and proposing measures to help improve the process. The proposals for improvement include standardizing home study courses across different states, and adjusting the federal adoption incentive policy so both the sending and receiving states are rewarded for interstate adoptions.
Washington Post, June 19th, 2012

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NORTH CAROLINA: “Same-sex parents sue over North Carolina adoption law”
By: Colleen Jenkins

The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, claiming that the state’s ban on second parent adoptions violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian parents and their children. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six same-sex couples and their children. According to the ACLU, North Carolina is one of eight states that bars same-sex couples from adopting children together and bars one partner from adopting the other's biological or adoptive children.
Reuters, June 14th, 2012

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CHILD PROTECTION/Foster Care TENNESSEE: “Haslam extends foster care to 21 to help teens transition to adulthood”
By: Lance Coleman 

This week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that allows the Tennessee Department of Children's Services to continue to administer the "Tennessee's Transitional Youth Empowerment Act of 2010," removing the program's previous June 30th termination date. Tennessee Department of Children Services Commissioner Kate O'Day stated that in 2010 and 2011, 388 young adults participated in the program. Of those participants, 158 finished school or obtained a GED and 209 pursued post-secondary education or vocational training.

Knoxville News Sentinel, June 20th, 2012

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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.

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