Heidi Bruegel Cox

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Advocating for Children

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 2/11/18 12:06 PM

Nothing is more important than our children, and no role is more significant than advocating for children, especially the most vulnerable children who have suffered abuse or neglect or who have been removed from their biological families. 

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative

Call To Action: Internationally Adopted Persons Who Fell Into Loophole

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 2/9/18 8:37 AM

As Congress works to resolve the important issues around DACA, please do not forget another group of foreign-born children who were brought into United States legally, and adopted by U.S citizens, yet do not have U.S. citizenship.   There are the internationally adopted persons who fell into a loophole that was created when Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.  (Read Adopted Persons Deserve Equal Protection.)

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Intercountry Adoption

Adopted Persons Deserve Equal Protection

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 2/6/18 7:02 AM


"100 years ago, children who were adopted were not automatically able to inherit from their adoptive parents in the same way biological children were. Today, we cannot imagine how adopted children could have fewer rights than other children born into a family. Surprisingly, a far more tragic legal discrepancy exists today:  Two children adopted from the same country to the same family could have totally different rights, depending on whether a child entered the country in one year over another, or with a document containing a “4” instead of a “3;” one child could enter the U.S. as an automatic citizen, and the other child could remain vulnerable to deportation. The most vulnerable among us, the children, deserve equal protection under the law."

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Intercountry Adoption

What We're Reading: The Opioid Epidemic and Foster Care - Brookings Report

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 2/2/18 7:22 PM

I recently read "The foster care system was unprepared for the last drug epidemic—let’s not repeat history", by Jeremy KohombanJennifer Rodriguez, and Ron Haskins.

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Topics: Advocacy, Foster Care System

What We're Reading: Ethiopia Bans Intercountry Adoption

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 1/11/18 2:29 PM

Yesterday, the National Council for Adoption shared the news that Ethiopia is choosing to ban intercountry adoption.  NCFA's Ryan Hanlon joined BBC World Service Radio to discuss how this decision places unparented children at risk in the Adoption Council Blog.

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Topics: Advocacy, Suggested Reading

Advocacy for the Adoption Tax Credit Worked

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 12/15/17 7:23 PM

I wanted to share that the action you took to save the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) paid off! 

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative

What We're Reading: Adoption Tax Credit Saves Money

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 12/7/17 2:39 PM

Save the Adoption Tax CreditAs Gladney continues to be an advocate for the Adoption Tax Credit, I believe others will benefit from reading Jedd Medefind's "The Adoption Tax Credit Saves Money" opinion published in the December 7, 2017, print edition of the Wall Street Journal.

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Suggested Reading

Ways You Can Help Retain The Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 7/28/17 3:48 PM

Several people have recently asked me about what they can do to help retain the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC).  The best site to connect with is adoptiontaxcredit.org and then contact their U.S. Senator or Representative. 

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative