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Children Raised By Relatives Suffer Health Risks

Children living with family members other than their parents are at an increased risk for health and mental health problems, a recent study shows. Far more children live with nonparental relatives -- in what is called "kinship care" -- than ...

Opinion: Bacon Should Have No Bearing on Becoming a Foster Parent

When it comes to foster parenting and adoption, agencies should focus on the applicants' ability to care for a child -- not their religion or sexual orientation. And certainly not whether or not they eat bacon. Baltimore's Tashima Crudup, a prac...

Adoption: Finding the Right Agency and Attorney

Selecting an agency and an attorney are among the first steps to adopting a child. Credit: Etolane, Flickr.
So you've made the decision: You want to adopt a child. Congratulations! Now what? There's an interesting and winding road ahead of...

Arkansas Same-Sex Adoption Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1

An Arkansas law that bans unmarried couples from acting as foster parents or adopting goes into effect Jan. 1, and while it applies to cohabitating heterosexual couples as well, many claim the measure is intended to prohibit gay couples from taking i...

Adoption - Does red tape stand in the way?

At playgroup the other day, I sat next to a mom who adopted her daughter from Guatemala. "Everyone always said, 'You can always adopt'," she said. "Like it's so easy." I knew exactly what she was talking about. I watched my closest friend go throu...

Smokers prohibited from being foster parents

An essay in the Times Online about prohibiting people who smoke from becoming foster parents in the UK -- despite a dire need for them -- gets to the core of what it means to guide small humans into adulthood. Writer Daisy Goodwin talks about all the...

Considering race in adoption: Does it matter?

When considering adoption, how much thought or emphasis is placed on race? Well, that may have very much to do with the family planning on doing the adopting. To the adoption agencies who are supposed to be color blind because of a federal law, how...

San Francisco encouraging more same-sex adoptions

As I've mentioned before, we have some neighbors who have adopted a darling little boy just a bit younger than Jared. They truly love their son and it's evident in every word and every loving look. We were over there visiting recently, chatting away ...

Adopted daughter returned to mom

After nearly three months, a seven-year-old girl is back in the arms -- and the custody -- of her would-be adoptive mother. Emma's biological mother had difficulty raising the girl herself due to financial issues and her job as a truck driver. So, he...

Pro-lifers put their homes where their mouth is

It's a common criticism of the pro-life movement -- they're all about saving the unborn children, but once they pop out, it seems like they don't care anymore. Well, that's not so much the case anymore. The socially conservative, Christian organizati...

Two million potential parents

I don't know how many kids there are out there waiting to be adopted, but I can tell you there are at least two million adults waiting to adopt them, according to a new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA. The problem is, there are those who wo...

Catholic teenager, Protestant foster parents

For nine years, a teenager, identified only as AR in court documents, lived with foster parents in Scotland. Now she is suing Highland Council for it. It seems that she was placed with Protestant families, despite being Catholic. According to papers ...

Florida governor's budget proposal includes adoption subsidies

Although Florida Governor Charlie Crist has been dealing with a controversy over a daughter he may have fathered years ago with a woman, with the result being the child being placed for adoption, it still seems that he is a solid advocate for adoptio...

Should we execute foster parents that kill children in their care?

In Ohio, child welfare directors have asked that foster parents who kill children in their care be automatically considered for the death penalty. The push for tougher rules governing the punishment of foster care parents arrives in the wake of som...

Blogging Baby Sleepover for Sunday, September 24

This afternoon our neighbors around the corner organized a block party and invited us foreigners to join in, so we've been there all afternoon. (I'm on the West Coast, so it's really only 8pm here.) It was nice because we got to know our neighbors be...

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