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NCALP Weekly News Summary

February 3, 2014
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CHILD PROTECTION NATIONAL: “House Panel Addresses Human Trafficking at Super Bowl”
BY: Erin Kelly

The Super Bowl has become the biggest human trafficking event of the year in the United States as traffickers see major sporting events as lucrative opportunities to bring in adults and children who have been forced into prostitution. A federal bill was recently introduced to combat international human trafficking by increasing penalties on traffickers. In addition, flight attendants and other transportation workers are being trained to help identify and rescue victims.

USA Today, January 28th, 2014

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ADOPTION NATIONAL: “Stricter Rules Making International Adoptions More Difficult”
BY: Margaret Kavanagh

As part of an effort to end child trafficking, a new federal law will soon take effect which contains stricter rules when it comes to people in the US adopting children internationally. Previously, adoption agencies only needed a state license to operate but now approval for Hague Accreditation is required if these agencies want to continue conducting international adoptions. Beginning in July 2014, all international adoption agencies in the US must follow the new rules of the Universal Accreditation Act.

News 13, January 30th, 2014

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MINNESOTA: “Legislators Discuss Protecting Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable Children by Providing Smoke-Free Foster Care”
As nearly 80% of foster children suffer at least one chronic medical condition, the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee recently heard testimony in support of HF 1966 which would make Minnesota foster homes smoke-free to ensure a safe, healthy environment for children before a placement is made. More than half the states already have smoke-free foster care laws in place. The bill now moves to the House Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Committee.

PR Newswire, January 28th, 2014

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ADOPTION VIRGINIA: “Virginia Legislation on Gay Adoptions Faces Likely Death”
BY: Kathy Adams

Two bills before the Virginia General Assembly that sought to change the law prohibiting second parent adoptions are unlikely to pass this year after a Senate committee failed to act on one last week and a House subcommittee killed the other. The legislation, which would have applied to both heterosexual and same-sex couples as well as non-couples, would have allowed a second person to adopt a child if the child only has one legal parent who consents.

The Virginian-Pilot, January 30th, 2014

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ADOPTION OKLAHOMA: “Oklahoma Bill Would Require Adoption Consent be Given in Front of Judge”
BY: Laura Hendrix

In response to the custody dispute in the “Baby Veronica” case, Oklahoma State Rep. Sean Roberts has introduced House Bill 3011, which would require any consent to adoption to take place no earlier than ten days after the child’s birth. Under the bill, consent to adoption would also have to take place in front of a judge and extrajudicial consent would be eliminated. The legislation would also require paternity testing and allow an identified father to successfully contest an adoption.

KOCO 5 News, January 28th, 2014

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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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