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A Guide to Selected Government Information. Available at WIU's Government Publications Library.

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Federal Government Information
The Immigration of Adopted and Prospective Adoptive Children

An informative look at immigration procedures and requirements for those wishing to adopt foreign-born children. 2000
J 21.2:AD 7/2000

Implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997

This hearing examines implementation of the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Adoption Incentive Program created under the act to assess this legislation's effects and to better determine what else might need to be done. 2003
Y 4.W 36:108-18

To Examine Recent Failure to Protect Child Safety.

This hearing focuses on a New Jersey case in which four adopted children suffered horrific abuse at the hands of their adoptive parents to try to determine how such abuse escaped welfare system notice and what Federal and State officials can do to prevent such tragedies. 2003
Y 4.W 36:108-28

China's Children: Adoption, Orphanages, and Children with Disabilities

A look at what is being done to help children in China's orphanages. Main topics include health care provision and international adoption. 2002
Y 4.C 44:C 43

International Adoptions: Problems and Solutions

An examination of intercountry adoption reform. What can the United States do to protect prospective adoptive parents from fraud and to make the adoptive process more efficient? 2002
Y 4,IN 8/16:AD 7/2

H.R. 2909, The Intercountry Adoption Act of 1999

A House Committee on International Relations markup of H.R. 2909, which provides for U.S. implementation of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect to intercountry adoptions as well as designates the State Department to oversee U.S. participation. 2000
Y 4.IN 8/16:AD 7

Intercountry Adoption

This State Department website provides a wealth of information about international adoption and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

This website contains useful information for professionals, birth and prospective adoptive parents and adoptees.

MedlinePlus: Adoption

A website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health featuring a wealth of information and topics related to adoption. Categories include: coping, research, directories, organizations, law and policies, and statistics, among others.

lllinois Government Information
Report to the Governor and the General Assembly: Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Exchange Registry

A copy of Public Act 91-0417, which modified the Illinois Adoption Registry and added a provision for exchange of medical information. 2001
ILLINOIS 362.734 I29Iar 2001

Illinois Families Now and Forever: Families by Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship

Department of Children and Family Services quarterly publication for foster, adoptive, and guardianship families which offers, among other things, adoption-related topics.
ILLINOIS 362.733 FOST 3 2003 WINTER (to present)

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

DCFS website offering adoption-related statistics and resources.

Illinois Vital Records - Adoption Records

Illinois Department of Public Health website containing the Illinois Adoption Registry, a medium through which registrants can authorize or prohibit the release of identifying information. Includes the necessary forms to acquire information or to exchange medical information, as well as other useful phone numbers and related internet links.

Legal Information
Illinois Adoption Law

A comprehensive guide to Illinois Adoption Law published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Included relevant forms. 2002
LEGL REF KFI 1304.5 .I45 2002

Embryo Adoptions: Thawing Inactive Legislatures With a Proposed Uniform Law

This article examines embryo adoption as an alternative to destroying excess frozen embryos, but points to the lack of state legislation in this area, as well as the need for a uniform law. Current existing state law is summarized.
Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Vol. 28, Issue 2 Winter 2004 pp.423-453

California Case Brings Internet Into Gay Adoption Debate

Can a private organization refuse its services because of someone's sexual orientation? This brief article examines Butler v. Adoption Media, a case in which a gay couple is suing for refusing to post their profile as prospective parents.
Trial. Vol. 40, No. 3 March 2004 pp.88-93

Implementing a National Putative Father Registry By Utilizing Existing Federal/State Collaborative Databases

A look at the history, statistics, and benefits of adoption, in general, as well as case history on the rights of unwed fathers. This author proposes a Federal Registry to ensure that unwed fathers are aware of and do consent to adoption proceedings.
The John Marshall Law Review. Vol. 36, No. 4 Summer 2003 pp.1033-1052

Handling Child Custody, Abuse and Adoption Cases

Chapter 14 of this treatise contains a thorough examination of adoption case law. Kept up to date via supplements. 1993, 2003
LEGL REF KF 547 .H38 1993 v.2 and supp.

Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice

Chapter 7 of this casebook discusses the origins of adoption and adoption in general. It also offers case law and sample problems for students on such topics as: who may adopt?, adoption intermediaries, the consent requirement, open adoption, international adoptions, post-adoption disputes, and adoptees' rights.
LEGL REF KF 479 .A7 A25 2000

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