I feel joyous and optimistic for 2014: my family is doing well, I've got great friends, and there's progress on adoption reform.
|Ludwig Van Beethoven|
Twenty percent is usually considered the tipping point for anything; once it's reached, there's no going back. It will be impossible to argue that first mothers in New York, for example, need more protection than mothers in Alabama or Oregon. Once birth records are opened, we anticipate that states will pass laws allowing adoptees and first parents access to court records without a court order. Oregon enacted a law this year allowing adoptees to inspect and copy court records without a court order and making it easier for first mothers to obtain a court order.
|Jane & Jay|
Poverty, both here and abroad, remains a cause of parents losing their children to adoption. Pope Francis has put eliminating poverty front and center; that it is the obligation, not only of Christians, but all righteous people to end poverty. In spite of the fact that Congress has cancelled unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, I am optimistic that it will reverse this mean-spirited action. Thinking Republicans must realize it's going to be difficult to campaign for re-election when thousands of their constituents have lost their homes. They may even join Democrats in legislation to raise the minimum wage.
Although there's a lot of work yet to be done, we're making progress and that is cause for joy. As we raise a cup of kindness tonight, FMF asks our readers to include in their New Years resolutions helping preserve natural families through reforming adoption.
O Freunde, nicht diese Tone!
sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen
O friends, no more these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs
more full of joy!
Ode to Joy
*Kansas, Alaska, Delaware, Tennessee, Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Illinois. Some of these states have first mother vetoes. Other states like Colorado's records allow adoptees born within a specific time period. to access their records.
Oregon to allow first mothers easier access to adoption records
Senate bill encourages more international adoption