Swiss Voters Approve Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

The legislation, endorsed in a referendum, will also allow same-sex couples to use sperm banks and to adopt children for the first time.

#adoptions, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #switzerland, #western-europe

Adoptees Shouldn’t Have to Live in Fear of Being Deported

There’s bipartisan support for legislation that could put an end to the peril facing transnational adoptees.

#adoptions, #blue-bayou-movie, #chon-justin, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation

Hearing His Voice Changed Everything

I never knew my father. Did he know me?

#adoptions, #families-and-family-life, #love-emotion

Our Foster Care System Is Fundamentally Broken

Group homes have to go before more youths are harmed.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #foster-care, #poverty

Modern Love Podcast: She Left Me There

Kacey Vu Shap spent 25 years trying to forget the Vietnamese orphanage of his childhood. Why did he go back?

#adoptions, #ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam, #love-emotion, #orphans-and-orphanages, #vietnam

Prancer, the ‘Demonic Chihuahua,’ Finds a Home

An adoption ad said he was “literally the Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble.” Undeterred, a Connecticut woman has adopted him.

#adoptions, #dogs, #online-advertising, #prancer, #social-media

For Adoptees, a Deep Yearning ‘to Know Where You Come From’

Should adoption records be open? Several adoptees, birth parents and others offer their personal, often heart-rending stories.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #inskeep-steve, #parenting

Why Were Strangers Allowed to Hide Part of Me From Myself?

For 50 years, my state denied me the story of my birth. All adoptees deserve better.

#adoptions, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #states-us

Woman’s Search for Her Birth Parents Leads to a Story of Murder

Kathy Gillcrist said a DNA test she took in 2017 revealed that her father may have been William Bradford Bishop Jr., a fugitive suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976.

#adoptions, #bethesda-md, #bishop-william-bradford-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fugitives, #genealogy, #gillcrist-kathy-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

After Meghan and Harry’s Interview: Sympathy and Cynicism

A British reader relates how “our love was eroded” by Meghan’s public actions. Also: Censoring Dr. Seuss; gay adoption; when birth control fails.

#abrams-floyd, #adoptions, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #censorship, #chile, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #markle-meghan, #winfrey-oprah

Bethany Christian Services Will Now Help LGBTQ Parents Adopt Children

The decision comes as more cities and states require organizations to accept applications from L.G.B.T.Q. couples or risk losing government contracts.

#adoptions, #bethany-christian-services, #christians-and-christianity, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

Netherlands Halts Adoptions From Abroad After Exposing Past Abuses

An inquiry found systemic abuses like child trafficking, lack of record-keeping and government complicity until 1998. Practices have since improved, the government said, but not enough.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #human-trafficking, #netherlands

Advice on How to Become a Foster Parent

The process has changed during the pandemic, but getting started is easier than you might think.

#adoptions, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Couple Forced to Adopt Their Own Children After a Surrogate Pregnancy

Tammy and Jordan Myers will have to adopt their twins after two Michigan judges denied them parental rights because the children had been carried by a surrogate.

#adoptions, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #michigan, #myers-jordan-1983, #myers-tammy-1981, #parenting, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surrogate-motherhood, #vermilye-lauren

The Ethics of Adoption in America

Gabrielle Glaser talks about “American Baby,” and Kenneth R. Rosen discusses “Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs.”

#adoptions, #american-baby-a-mother-a-child-and-the-shadow-history-of-adoption-book, #books-and-literature, #glaser-gabrielle, #rosen-kenneth-r, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #troubled-the-failed-promise-of-americas-behavioral-treatment-program-book

Adoption Used to Be Hush-Hush. This Book Amplifies the Human Toll.

In “American Baby,” Gabrielle Glaser unravels family secrets and considers the motivations that wove them into American life in the first place.

#adoptions, #american-baby-a-mother-a-child-and-the-shadow-history-of-adoption-book, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #glaser-gabrielle, #katz-margaret-erle-1944, #louise-wise-services, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rosenberg-david-1961-2014, #women-and-girls

In Ireland, Lifting a Veil of Prejudice Against Mixed-Race Children

The singer Jess Kavanagh is working to raise awareness about the experiences of mixed-race Irish people, particularly those born in the country’s infamous mother and baby homes.

#adoptions, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #ireland, #kavanagh-jess-singer, #music, #orphans-and-orphanages, #race-and-ethnicity

Ireland Report on Mother and Baby Homes Reveals Abuse and Thousands of Deaths

A government commission found high death rates, unethical vaccine trials and traumatic living conditions at 18 homes that were used to house unwed mothers up until the 1990s.

#adoptions, #bon-secours-sisters, #ireland, #roman-catholic-church, #tuam-ireland

Foster Care Was Always Tough. Covid-19 Made It Tougher.

While some child welfare systems have pivoted to a remote reality, advocates say it hasn’t been uniform or quick enough for the country’s 400,000 foster kids.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #parenting, #unemployment, #welfare-us, #youth

My Dad Is Going to Paint His Way Through the Pandemic

It’s how he loves.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #parenting, #pittsburgh-pa, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Pandemic Disrupts South Korean Adoptee Reunions, but Some Find a Way

For members of the world’s largest diaspora of adoptees, returning to the country of their birth was a rite of passage — until the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Some found a way to make the trip anyway.

#23andme, #adoptions, #families-and-family-life, #korean-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

An Earthquake, an Orphanage, and New Beginnings for Haitian Children in America

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19 children from one orphanage were flown to the U.S. to be adopted by American families. One would later meet President Trump.

#adoptions, #barrett-amy-coney, #earthquakes, #haiti, #orphans-and-orphanages, #trump-donald-j

Amy Coney Barrett Raised Her Haitian Adoptions. Other Families and Children Were Listening.

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19 children from one orphanage were flown to the U.S. to be adopted by American families. One would later meet President Trump.

#adoptions, #barrett-amy-coney, #earthquakes, #haiti, #orphans-and-orphanages, #trump-donald-j

How Many Children Do I Have? It’s Not So Simple

I gave birth to two, but I also was a foster parent to another child for a year and a half, and he is still a child of my heart.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #parenting

When the Forms Don’t Fit Your Family

The majority of American families don’t fit the married mom-and-dad model, so why does heteronormative paperwork persist?

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #day-care-centers, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #parenting, #women-and-girls

Why Did She Leave Me There?

A young man returns to the Vietnamese orphanage he had spent 25 years trying to forget.

#adoptions, #ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam, #love-emotion, #orphans-and-orphanages

Tiny Love Stories: ‘Monogamous Birds of N.Y.C.’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

#adoptions, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #modern-love-times-column

A Woman Without a Country: Adopted at Birth and Deportable at 30

She grew up thinking she was American. When she realized that she wasn’t, her quest to fix the problem put her at risk of deportation.

#adoptions, #alaska, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deportation, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trimble-rebecca

Former Arizona Official Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme

Paul D. Petersen charged as much as $30,000 to bring pregnant women into the United States and give up their newborn children for adoption, officials said.

#adoptions, #arizona, #arkansas, #marshall-islands, #mesa-ariz

Should Any Parents Be Instagramming Their Kids?

Sure, those of us who do may not all be Myka Stauffers. But we’re all selling some kind of story about ourselves, and using our children to do so.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #social-media

Korean Adoptee Wins Landmark Case in Search for Birth Parents

In the first verdict of its kind, a South Korean court has ruled that Kara Bos, an American, is a daughter of an 85-year-old man in Seoul.

#adoptions, #child-abandonment, #parenting, #paternity-suits, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

​‘Tell Me Who My Mother Is’: A Korean Adoptee Seeks Her Roots

Armed with DNA test results, Kara Bos is asking a South Korean court to rule that an 85-year-old man in Seoul is her father. Her paternity lawsuit could set a precedent for overseas adoptees.

#adoptions, #child-abandonment, #children-and-childhood, #parenting, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

A First Among Gerber Babies: She’s Adopted

Magnolia Earl, a 1-year-old from California, was selected from among more than 327,000 entrants to represent Gerber in marketing campaigns.

#adoptions, #advertising-and-marketing, #babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #contests-and-prizes, #earl-magnolia, #gerber-products-co

Portraits of Single Moms by Choice

A photojournalist captured the lives of four women who chose to become mothers on their own.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #infertility, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-persons, #women-and-girls

An Adoption, a Pandemic and an Evacuation

The Mosiers flew to India in March to pick up their daughter. The country locked down before they could leave.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-americans, #orphans-and-orphanages, #parenting, #visas

Representative Max Rose’s Son Was Born Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Representative Max Rose of New York and his wife welcomed a son and are now juggling parenthood and Congress during the age of coronavirus.

#adoptions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #parenting, #rose-max-1986, #staten-island-nyc, #united-states-politics-and-government

Legal Basics for L.G.B.T.Q. Parents

The L.G.B.T.Q. community has more family planning options than ever before, but a patchwork of state laws and loose regulations can make the process difficult to navigate.

#adoptions, #discrimination, #families-and-family-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #law-and-legislation, #marriages, #parenting, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #single-persons, #surrogate-motherhood

Anger Erupts in China After Teen Says Guardian Repeatedly Raped Her

An 18-year-old has accused a prominent lawyer of sexually abusing her for years. The case has become a pivotal test for China’s fledgling #MeToo movement.

#metoo-movement, #adoptions, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #china, #human-trafficking, #sex-crimes, #university-of-bridgeport, #zte-corp