Archive for December, 2011

2011 Year in Review

Time flies! As 2011 draws to a close, Here’s a look back at some of the interesting developments that happened in the adoption world this year.

Early in the year, we observed the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, and talked about why adoption isn’t always the answer for children of countries in crisis as well as hearing a real-life Haiti adoption story.

There were a number of developments in the law affecting gay and lesbian parents in 2011. We heard the eloquent young Zach Wahls address the Iowa House of Representatives in opposition to a state constitutional amendment that would have ended civil unions in Iowa. There were several of this type of constitutional and legislative initiative against family equality; some successful, some not. We also saw a troubling decision about co-parenting agreements for gay and lesbian parents in Ohio.

On the international adoption scene, the big news was from China, where the Chinese government opened up adoptions to single women in some cases.

Back home in the United States, the IRS gave some adoptive families a scare by auditing many who claimed the adoption tax credit in 2010.
The entertainment world couldn’t seem to keeps its hands off of adoption topics this year, but no one seemed to be able to come up with an accurate portrayal. Kung Fu Panda II angered some adoptive parents with its portrayal of an adopted child looking for his “real” parents, a surprise since one of the voices in the film, Angelina Jolie, is an adoptive parent herself. Meanwhile on TV, Glee also missed the mark in its portrayal of adoption topics.

What other news in adoption affected your family this year? What developments are on your adoption wish list for 2012?

Do you have more questions about adoption? Contact The Vaughan Firm to speak with an adoption attorney.

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