As a leader in adoption, the Gladney Center for Adoption has taken an active role advocating for pro – child laws and regulations at the state and national levels. We know Gladney is stronger when we join with families and other organizations. Gladney launched this advocacy page as a resource, to keep families and other child advocates informed about what we are seeing, and to provide a communication avenue for individuals to notify Gladney about other issues you are aware of or to let us know your thoughts about the issues we are following. Please subscribe to our email updates to receive timely information, blogs about important topics, links to pending legislation, and calls to action when significant issues arise. We are looking forward to connecting with you.


Heidi Bruegel Cox, JD
Gladney General Counsel & Vice President

ULC Committee on Unregulated Custody Transfers

Beginning in 2018, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC) started researching and evaluating the best way to protect the safety of the children needing homes, while recognizing and protecting the rights of the parents who are seeking new homes for their children. Since January 2019, the ULC has devoted hundreds of hours of concentrated attention to protecting these vulnerable children. The Unregulated Transfer of Adopted Children Committee, individual drafting attorneys and many other observers, have been comparing states’ laws, federal laws and regulations, and current practices around the country. Our focus has been first on the safety needs of children who have been adopted or who are in the process of being adopted. This ULC Committee brought together adoption experts, government staff, and other interested individuals and groups to consider a way to protect children in the adoption process and ensure the states are addressing the protections in a more uniform way.

Chuck Johnson and Heidi Cox are pictured together smiling at the camera

NCFA’s president, Chuck Johnson, and I have been involved as active observers with the ULC Unregulated Transfer of Adopted Children Drafting Committee since the spring of 2019. This process has been time-consuming, laborious, and intense, requiring in-depth study and analysis. I have worked on many legislative initiatives, including drafting committees. The ULC process takes legislative drafting to a new level, going word-by-word and line-by-line, examining every nuance, trying to avoid confusion or unintended consequences. The drafting committee has spent many months and meetings, gaining insight and input from any person or group who might be helpful in informing the committee’s work, making large and small revisions at every drafting meeting. The process has been in-depth and well-considered.

NCFA is interested in compelling thoughts and constructive comments which could be shared as part of the drafting process. The working drafts are published on the ULC website.

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The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments or complaints through COA’s website