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NCALP Weekly News Summary

February 25, 2014
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2014 Wells Conference
The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, in collaboration with
Capital University Law Review,
is pleased to sponsor the
10th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: We Are Not All The Same: Meeting Children's Individual Needs .
  Each year the Wells Conference attracts professionals and academics who
are pioneers and innovators in the fields of child welfare and adoption law.
Date: March 6, 2014
Time: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus Ohio   43215
ADOPTION UTAH: “Fathers Blast Utah’s Strict Adoption Laws”
BY: Ashby Jones

A federal lawsuit is taking aim at Utah’s adoption laws, claiming they do not adequately protect the rights of unmarried biological fathers. The lawsuit, which names the state attorney general’s office and two former state attorneys general as defendants, was filed in Salt Lake City federal court on behalf of 12 men who fought to keep their babies from being placed into adoptive homes by their mothers. Currently, an unwed mother in Utah can relinquish her rights to an adoption agency 24 hours after she gives birth while fathers have limited grounds to challenge the adoptive parents’ custody of their child.

Wall Street Journal, February 18th, 2014

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ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL: “Supreme Court Gives Adoption Rights to Muslims”
BY: Harish V. Nair

In a landmark judgment, the India Supreme Court ruled that any person can now adopt a child under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 irrespective of their religion even if the personal laws of the particular religion do not permit it, extending the right to adopt a child to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis, and all other communities. Previously, the right to adopt was restricted to Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. The court, however, turned down the plea for declaring the right of a child to be adopted and the right of a parent to adopt a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution.

India Today, February 20th, 2014

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ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL: “Russia Expands Adoption Ban”
BY: Eliana Dockterman

Russia has passed a statute forbidding single people, who live in any country where gay marriage is legal, from adopting Russian children. This measure was passed as an amendment to the law passed last July forbidding all same-sex couples from adopting. The measure will not affect U.S. citizens who have already been banned since 2012 from adopting Russian children, regardless of their sexual preferences or marital status.

Time World, February 13th, 2014

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CHILD WELFARE OHIO: “Bill Would Require Group Homes to Provide More Info”
BY: Rita Price

Under new Ohio legislation, group homes and other residential centers that care for minors would have to make themselves known to local emergency responders and develop “community engagement” plans. Supporters of the legislation want to remedy the communication problems and missing protocols brought to attention after the unfortunate murder of a jogger allegedly committed by a teenager residing in a group home. These facilities would have to provide addresses, information, and procedures for emergencies and disasters to local law-enforcement, fire, and emergency agencies.

The Columbus Dispatch, February 18th, 2014

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WASHINGTON: “House Approves Hargrove’s Bill for Foster Children”
House Bill 2582, sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove, passed the state House of Representatives last week by a vote of 91-5. The bill, in attempts to give foster children more stability and a loving home with their foster family earlier, would require termination of parental rights paperwork to be filled out months earlier in very specific situations. House Bill 2582 will not be forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

Maple Valley Reports, February 15th, 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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