New York Assembly has passed legislation that will allow adoptees to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate. All New York Adoptees now have access to important medical history information they deserve and the overwhelming majority of reunions they deserve. The overwhelming majority of reunions that result in connecting adoptees with their birth parents result in cherished relationships for both parties. Under this bill adoptees 18 years and older are able to access background information and complete health history.
US- Child welfare agencies should learn from the field of safety sciencebecause this approach helps build the capacity of an organizational system to anticipate and manage risk effectively. This ensures that its core functions are being carried in a stable and effective environment. For child welfare agencies due to its tumultuous experiences there is a greater need to increase the resiliency of these agencies instead of blaming human error as a child protection agency should be constantly thriving to create safety in all aspects of its work.
US - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to tighten rules of opioid manufacturers to prove their drugs may be less addictive and whether it has "any characteristics that would mitigate the risks of overdose, abuse or the development of addiction." Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless has laid out new regulatory framework for new opioid applications coming to the U.S. market. The FDA is taking public comments on this proposal through August 20th and has scheduled a public meeting on September 17 to discuss it.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.