80% Decline in International Adoptions to the U.S.

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 3/27/18 1:26 PM

According to the latest report published by the U.S. Department of State, International Adoptions continue to decline to the U.S., with another drop reported for 2017.  Since the peak in 2004, we have seen an 80% decline in international adoptions to the U.S.  

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Intercountry Adoption

What We're Reading: State Department Chokes International Adoption

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 3/20/18 1:14 PM

Yesterday, The Federalist published an article regarding the State Department making international adoption rarer and more expensive than ever to consolidate government control over private agencies. Please read "Bucking Trump Deregulation Agenda, State Department Chokes International Adoption"

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Suggested Reading

Equal Protection for Adopted Adults

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 3/14/18 3:45 PM

Positive news for internationally adopted adults who fall into loophole, but we still need your help!

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative

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

ALL ADOPTED PERSONS DESERVE EQUAL PROTECTION
UNDER U.S. LAW

"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. Unfortunately, another significant discrepancy continues to exist for certain internationally adopted persons:  A child who was adopted in complete compliance with U.S. law and the laws of the birth country may not be a U.S. citizen, even though the person’s sibling, who was born in the same foreign country to the U.S. parents, would be a full U.S. citizen.  Now as adults, one sibling has all the rights of U.S. citizenship, while the adopted sibling may not have automatic rights of citizenship, and is vulnerable to deportation."

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative, Intercountry Adoption

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

As 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

Gladney Advocates for Children On The Hill

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 7/13/17 3:47 PM

Heidi Bruegel Cox, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, spent several days this week in Washington, DC talking about adoption with government officials.  She was joined by Chuck Johnson of the National Council for Adoption as well as Gladney Board members, Chris Dezzi and Greg Castanias.

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Topics: Advocacy, Legislative