Nebraska Supreme Court: Ban on Gay Foster Parents Is Indistinguishable From a “Whites Only” Sign

In 1995, Nebraska issued the notorious Memo 1-95, which prohibited same-sex couples from fostering children. The policy barred same-sex couples from adopting children as well; under state law, individuals may adopt kids from state care only if they have first been licensed as foster parents—which Memo 1-95 made impossible for “persons who identify themselves as homosexuals.”   In 2013, three same-sex couples, represented by the ACLU and Sullivan & Cromwell, filed a lawsuit alleging that the ban violated of their constitutional rights. Nebraska appealed to the state Supreme Court. On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court unanimously rejected the state’s appeal, affirming the lower court decision.

Read the complete article here.

Weekend Miracles: How an International Adoption Recruitment Strategy Helps Parents for Children in Foster Care

Weekend Miracles Los Angeles, now entering its second decade, offers a unique and proven approach to creating forever families and lasting connections for adolescents who are languishing in foster care in Los Angeles.  Since the program’s official launch in 2006, Weekend Miracles has been a resounding success, having recruited adopt families, legal guardians, and lasting connections for 75 percent of participating children.

Download the complete article written by Deborah Dentler here.

Foster Families Share Their Stories of Love and Loss

“Foster care changes a person,” wrote Stephanie Bennington, a former foster child from Fremont, Neb., after we asked readers to send us their foster care stories. The stories came in response to “Losing a Foster Child,” the most recent essay by Meghan Moravcik Walbert, who chronicled the time her family spent with the foster child she nicknamed BlueJay. Read the full article including comments by Deborah Dentler here.

Los Angeles County foster care shortage reaches crisis level. Legal action pending to force resolution.

 

LA Times LogoA surge in demand for foster homes in L.A. County sends more children to chaotic holding rooms; the state is threatening fines. The bed shortage is especially acute for infants. California regulators have given a deadline to address the issue. A prominent non profit law firm threatens to bring legal action to force a resolution to the problem. Read the full story published in the Los Angeles Times here.

Deborah Presents at the North American Council on Adoptable Children – 38th Annual Conference

Deborah will be presenting a panel discussion at the this month’s annual conference of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, or “NACAC,” the nation’s largest and most influential adoption advocacy organization.  The conference brings together adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees, foster care alumni, kinship caregivers, and other child advocates from across North America, and offers special activities for kids and teens.

This year’s annual NACAC conference will be held in Crystal City, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.) on July 25 to 28, 2012. 

 

Deborah’s presentation will feature Judge Amy Pellman of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court.

Friday, July 27th at 10:30 AM.

To Grandmother’s House We Go: How Will the Judge Decide in Kin v. Foster Parent Cases
It’s a familiar story. A relative comes forward asking to keep a child in the family. A foster child’s adoption is delayed or derailed while social workers and lawyers consider what is best for the child. In a session led by judges and lawyers who grapple with kin v. foster parent cases in court, learn about laws granting varying degrees of preference to relatives and current caregivers, and explore current trends in law and policy. Deborah Dentler, attorney-at-law, California • Amy Pellman, Los Angeles Superior Court, California

For more about the annual conference click here.

For more about NACAC, visit the website here.

To obtain a copy of the presentation materials, contact Deborah’s office.