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Just Got Call From Old Client

Just got a call from an old client. Their daughter is 13 and a star student &  athlete at her school. It is these calls that make my day. No matter what else happens today, knowing this teenager is doing  great is enough. I intend to kiss the wife and both dogs tonight with just a little more joy in my step.
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Today Supreme Court Of United States Is

Today the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing an ICWA case out of South Carolina.  The fate of a three year little girl rest with these nine jurists.  Does Veronica  stay with her biological father or return to her adoptive parents?  The SCOTUS decision is expected in June.

If you are interested in reading about Baby Veronica. Use your search engine and search for " Baby Veronica ICWA ." If you chose to reseach this case, please read both sides before you form an opinion about whose side is the correct side. 

The Indian Child Welfare Act is a Federal Law.  It involves the Native American Tribes and children with indian hereitage placed for adoption.  This case like all cases involving children and their welfare it is very complicated. 

Baby Veronica needs a secure loving  home. Keep her wellbeing in your thoughts.

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March 5 2013 Just Ran Into Old Client

March 5, 2013

Just ran into an old client. We recognized each other right away. Twenty-two years after the fact. It was great to catch up. Her daughter is going to medical school. Her son into the Marine Corps. It's such a rush to hear these positive stories of how well adopted children are doing.

Adoption is more than a career.

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February 11 I Heard Of Interesting Case

February 11

I heard of an interesting case out of New Jersey today. The New Jersey Supreme Court held that prenatal drug use by a mother was not a basis for finding child abuse or neglect.  There needs to be evidence that there is imminent danger to the child or actual evidence of harm to the child.

I hope this frees up more children for direct private placements adoptions without involvement by a social service department bent on fostering.

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February 7 I Read About Two Interesting

February 7

I read about two interesting cases recently. They are not both adoption cases but have implications to the adoption field.

The first one is EX PARTE HOPE ELISABETH ANKROM, an Alabama case dealing with the offense of chemical endangerment of a child. The Supreme Court held that " offense of chemical endangerment of a child , includes unborn children." it is my understanding the child lived 19 minutes.

With addiction being a problem in the adoption field , testing of birth mother candidates is extremely important. If the birth  mother tests positive are the lawyers for the adoptive parents responsible to  report the birth mother as mandatory reporters?

The second case out of Florida allowed for three names to be listed on a birth certificate.  The facts are simple, same-sex female couple used sperm from a known man to impregnate one of the female partners.  It is of interest that the couple were married in Connecticult.

The judge approved the adoption by the spouse and further allowed for all three names to be  listed  on the birth certificate.  Interesting outcome, great minds can differ on the propriety of having more than two parents named on a birth certificate,  but I suspect it is the future.

California already allows for a child to have more than  two parents

"A child can't have too many people who love them." I am not sure who first penned that quote but it seems appropriate here.

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