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Colorado bans future anonymous sperm and egg donations
June 1, 2022
Though a few states have enacted fertility fraud bills, SB 22-224 is a landmark shift in policy that advocates hope will spread nationwide.
VT Governor Scott Signs OBC Access Bill into Law
May 6, 2022
Vermont, which had previously allowed adoptees born after 1986 to obtain copies of their original birth certificate, has taken the next incremental step to provide the same access for all adult adoptees and descendants
Irish mother-and-baby homes redress plan announced
November 16, 2021
After a January 2021 public apology offered by the Irish government to women who suffered abuse and coercive practices in mother-and-baby homes, government officials have gone a step further in providing financial reparations.
Birth Certificate Bill Championed by Cassano Becomes Law
June 8, 2021
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill June 7, 2021 restoring direct, unrestricted access to original birth certificates for adult adoptees and their descendants. The measure was approved 115-28 by the House and 27-8 by the Senate.
How a new Iowa law will help adult adoptees get birth certificates
May 24, 2021
On Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bipartisan bill into law that will allow adult adoptees to more easily get the original copy of their birth certificate. Rep. Marti Anderson, D-Des Moines, who gave up her daughter for adoption when she got pregnant at age 19, gave an emotional speech on the House floor in support of the measure.
TN Legislature Unanimously Repeals Contact Veto Registry
April 12, 2021
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law a bill repealing the state's Contact Veto Registry on 4/7/21, after it passed through the state legislature unanimously and unamended. Tennessee was the first state to retrospectively unseal original birth certificates to adult adoptees in 1995.
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Over 20,000 babies estimated stolen from Chilean mothers (USA Today 8/22/23)
Adoption Fraud (Findlaw, 3/20/2023)
Illegal adoptions: Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children (United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner)
When an Ancestry search reveals fertility fraud (NYT 2/28/22)
FBI Warns the Public About Domestic Adoption Fraud Schemes (FBI.gov: 11/9/21)
Texas woman pleads guilty in international adoption fraud scheme (Justice News: 11/17/21)
How an adoption broker cashed in on prospective parents' dreams (The New Yorker: 10/25/21)
Buying babies in Turkmenistan: "Rampant" corruption drives couples to illegal adoptions (Radio Free Europe: 7/7/21)
A review of American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser (Goodreads: 1/26/21)
Texas woman convicted of adoption fraud gets two years in prison (New York Daily News: 9/26/20)
Adoption Criminality and Corruption (Huffpost: 3/15/15)
Fraud and Corruption in International Adoptions (Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, 2004-2018)