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Under One Sky Village Foundation’s Journey Camp

18-year-old Hendersonville, North Carolina resident Farrah Gillie said she had short-term foster family placements before she was lodged in a group home, and was assigned to four more families after that before she was formally adopted at the age of 17.

To give back to other youth who are currently going through similar experiences, she spends her time as a counselor in training every summer at the Under One Sky Village Foundation’s Journey Camp, noting, “I know I can always come back here.”

The foundation is all about supporting youth in foster care and providing them with an avenue that can make it possible for them to mentor each other as they grow up. In Gillie’s case, she was taught about the importance of applying for financial aid in college and the specifics of car maintenance.

If you are currently embroiled in a family legal matter in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, get in touch with our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040. With a competent legal representative by your side, you can be sure that your interests will be protected and that you have a higher chance of securing the results you want for you and your family.

Foster Homes: A Short-Term Placement for Children

There are a few details which need to be clear when it comes to the foster care system, especially in North Carolina.

Foster care has always been about providing temporary care and living quarters for children who may have been victims of abuse or neglect, or children who may have lost the people they depend on early in life.

Should the Department of Social Services have to step in to assess the safety and well-being of a child, a social worker will be assigned to the boy or girl. If the social worker determines that a living situation is unsuitable for the child, he or she will then continue to monitor the child through the foster system in order to ensure that the new living situation is an improvement.

North Carolina laws mandate that potential foster care parents undergo 30 hours of foster care training before they obtain a license that can qualify them to have children under their care. While foster homes are a valuable source of security and protection, the ultimate goal is to find parents who will adopt foster children.

If you are looking to adopt in Raleigh or anywhere in the state of North Carolina, our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can help you with the legal process. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 to learn how we can help.

Adoption/marriage agency’s discrimination based on religious beliefs

Michigan, like some other states, practice contradicting laws on religious freedom and the government’s mandate to equal and fair treatment of its citizens.

For instance, Michigan enacted a law in June 2015 that enables faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to prospective adoptive parents on the basis of their religious or moral biases. The states of Virginia and North Dakota already have existing laws in place while Florida, Texas, and Alabama approved their own versions of the law this year.

For its part, North Carolina enacted into law in June a measure that enables magistrates, registers of deeds, and state officials from performing or putting into public record marriages which they deem are in violation of their religious beliefs.

If you reside in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina and you have a family legal issue that you need legal help with, contact our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

First increase in foster care children in seven years

According to records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children in the United States residing in foster homes increased slightly in 2013 after a seven-year decline, The Associated Press reported on September 29.

According to HHS’s annual report, there are 403,378 children in the U.S. foster care system–higher than 2012’s 397,000. The year when there were the highest number of children residing in foster homes in the U.S. was 2002, amounting to 524,000 children.

Since 2005, records of foster home children occupancy have been dipping. According to officials, the long-term decrease can be attributed to policy shifts regarding how state and county child welfare agencies operate. HHS’s administration on children, youth, and families associate commissioner JooYeun Chang said the foster numbers vary among the states and that many states are still enacting measures to decrease their foster care populations.

Last year, 101,840 children were available for adoption from the foster care system.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, trust our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC to guide you through the adoption process. Call our offices at 919-833-1040 today to learn how we may help you.

Couple incites online anger after post advertising for adoption

Jackson County residents Coy and Shelbi Gunther posted a Facebook status asking the public if there were any unwanted babies they could adopt, the Sylva Herald reported on July 29.

This resulted in a backlash for the couple, as people commented with insults and outrage. The post offended the public, who generally thought the couple should have pursued adoption through an agency if they were truly serious about it.

According to Jackson County Social Services director Bob Cochran, posting an ad online to look for a baby to adopt is not illegal, but is also not the best option. The Gunthers would not know about the baby’s medical background and other information about the biological parents.

Adoption is a life-changing process that can grant a couple the opportunity to raise a child as their own. If you are considering adoption, the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can guide you through your options and finalize the legal documents. Call our Raleigh offices at 919-833-1040 today to speak with a knowledgeable representative.

Custody dispute ends, great-uncle adopts toddler

A custody battle involving the foster parents and extended biological relatives of a 2 1/2-year-old girl has ended, and her great-uncle will adopt her, The Wichita Eagle reported on July 13.

Sedgwick County juvenile court Judge Robb Rumsey ruled in January that the toddler could not live with her great-grandmother in South Carolina as an adopted daughter because of her limited finances and her age. Despite her foster parents seeking custody, it was favored in court that the girl should live with her great-uncle and older sisters in North Carolina. The great-uncle adopted the little girl’s three older sisters in July 2013 after a home study and the approval of Kansas and North Carolina officials.

If you are interested in adopting a child, the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can guide you through the legalities and help you consider different decisions in the adoption process. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 to schedule an initial appointment with us.

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