Nightlight Christian Adoptions' Spotlight on Ron Stoddart

A visionary is a leader of excellence who sees what others do not see, who achieves for now and plans for the future, who positively impacts different generations and raises up other visionaries. Onyi Anyado   This month we are honored to highlight Nightlight Christian Adoptions (Nightlight) founder and leader, Ron Stoddart.  Mr. Stoddart has […]

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What Is a Putative Birth Father Registry?

    If you have researched domestic infant adoption, you may have heard the terms putative father, putative father registry or birth father registry.  A putative father is a man who is believed to be the biological father of a child when he is not married to the mother at the time of birth.  Unfortunately […]

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Information on the Adoption Tax Credit

Below are some details that I received from the IRS relating to the adoption tax credit. Documents substantiating the adoption or attempted adoption are required to be attached to the taxpayer's return. Acceptable documents are identified in the September 2010 guidance and in IRS publications. In addition, the IRS may ask for proof of expenses […]

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New Home Study and Post-placement Requirements for China Adoptions

The  China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption released some new home study and post-placements requirements. These new guidelines and regulations for the home study go into effect as of October 1, 2011; and those regarding post placement visits and reports apply to families who receive Notice of Coming to China for Adoption after August […]

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Waiver on Vaccines: International Adoption Simplification Act

On November 30, 2010, President Obama signed the International Adoption Simplification Act.  This Act provides the same waiver for  required vaccination documentation for Hague Convention adoptions as is available for non-Hague adoptions.  Effective immediately, I-800 families can follow the same procedure as used by I-600 families to apply for a vaccination waiver by completing a […]

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Passage of International Adoption Simplification Act by Congress November 15th

On November 15, 2010, Congress joined together across party lines to pass S.1376, the International Adoption Simplification Act, which will allow parents to internationally adopt older children (ages 16 and 17) when adopting a younger sibling.

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Adopted child returned to Russia

A response from Nightlight's Executive Director, Ron Stoddart: When a child is legally adopted in the United States, that child bears the same relationship to their adoptive parent(s) as a biological child would to their parents.  The adopting parents accept all of the rights and obligations of the parent-child relationship.  When a child is legally […]

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Considering adoption? What does the adoption tax credit mean to you?

If you are considering adopting a child this year, you'll be happy to hear the latest update on the adoption tax credit. The adoption tax credit has been extended for one more year, has increased, and you may even qualify for a refund! The new tax credit provides not only a credit but a refund […]

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Are international adoption agencies part of an "Orphan Manufacturing Chain"?

Laura Godwin responds to "The Orphan Manufacturing Chain", by E.J. Graff. Graff's article makes untrue claims in an attempt to undermine International Adoption.

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JCICS issues position statement on I-600A renewals

Joint Council and others in our field have great concern regarding the one-time renewal of I-600A approvals and the impact on Potential Adoptive Parents (PAPs). It is very clear that the authors of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 intended to ‘grandfather’ all I-600A petitions filed prior to the date on which the Hague Convention went into force in the United States (April 1, 2007). At the time the legislation was drafted, the authors did not foresee the lengthy processing time now associated with adoptions from countries such as China and Haiti.

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