The Gay Genealogist: Creating a Modern Family Tree

As hobbies go, genealogical research is not exactly on par with snowboarding -- it ranks right up there with stamp collecting in its total lack of "cool" factor. Does anything really say "geek" more than an obsession with family trees? But that's ...I can trace my family's trademark ski nose back three generations but I can't tell my daughter where she got her cute little button nose.

Gay Parents Fight to Get Both Their Names on Son's Birth Certificate

Fathers want to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Karen Bleier, Getty Images
A gay couple in California wants both their names to appear on their son's birth certificate as his adopted parents.
However, their 5-year...
Fathers want to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gay Marriage Raises Prospect of NY Adoption Boom

Jonathan Truong, right, his partner Ed Cowen, left, and their son Franklin Cowen Truong, 2, pose for a portrait at their home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Credit: AP NEW YORK (AP) - First comes love, then comes marriage. Now ad...Adoption lawyers and agencies in New York say they're getting ready for a baby boom.

Facebook Connecting Adopted Kids With Birth Parents

Using Facebook to track down old loves, former classmates or long-lost friends is nothing new, but now the social networking site is being used to connect adopted children with their birth parents. The New York Times reports the Internet is ch...Experts say parents who don't tell kids they are adopted are taking a huge risk.

Number of Gay Couples Adopting on the Rise

Actor Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka adopted twins. Credit:Charles Eshelman, Getty Images
Today's modern family is looking a lot different than the "Leave it to Beaver" stereotype of days gone by.
More and more same-se...
Adoption rates have doubled among same-sex couples since 2000.

Meant to Be: A Letter to My Daughter on Her Birthday

Long ago, before there was you, when Daddy was not yet Daddy and I was not yet Papa, he and I promised each other that someday we would be parents. We had a wedding and bought a house, but then let more than a decade pass while we waited to be "ready...The doubters didn't stop us: Our course was set.

Florida Uses Twitter to Find Adoptive Parents

Almost one in 210 Americans uses Twitter, sending short messages to family, friends and assorted hangers-on. Credit: Getty Images
"Wow, you guys are going to be parents? I had no idea you were even on Twitter!"
That could be party t...
You might call it a case of tweets for tots.

Jillian Michaels Hoping to Adopt Baby From the Congo

Jillian Michaels plans to adopt as soon as possible. Credit: Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images She's helped a slew of obese contestants on TV's "The Biggest Loser" shed pounds, but now trainer Jillian Michaels is ready to take on a whole new...The star trainer is leaving "The Biggest Loser" to start a family.

Helping Adopted Children Find Their Identities

Twenty years ago, when my husband and I adopted our children from Korea, it was suggested that if we loved them enough they would not crave missing identity elements from their past. Somehow, this advice didn't seem right. We wanted to acknowl...The latest expert advice is to expose adoptees early and often to their cultures of origin.

Teaching Moments: Mystery Moms and the 'Interrupting Chicken'

"The Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein
For most of this past year, I had a very intense, life-consuming job that cost me a lot of the smaller moments in my children's lives. I still tried to be home for dinner (even if it ...
School appearance by two moms raises lots of questions.

Exploring the Concerns of Adoptive Parents

Twenty-four years ago, when my newly-adopted daughter, Joanna, was about 4 months old, I was reading an article about adoption in the Sunday paper. The author made the sweeping statement that all adopted children feel a life-long "sorrow" about h...Do all adopted children feel a life-long "sorrow"?

Actress Joelle Carter on 'Justified' and Adopting a Baby Girl

Joelle Carter stars on "Justified." Credit: ©Howard Wise/
A former model, Joelle Carter has been turning heads for years, nabbing small roles in big films like "High Fidelity" and "American Pie 2."
Now, Carter, 38...
The "Justified" actress recently adopted a baby girl.

Adoption Scam Outed in Undercover Sting

Holly and Mark Gonzales had been trying to have a child for four years when they received a phone call from a woman who said she was pregnant with twins.
"And a half an hour later she sent me a text message saying I think you're going to be gre...
"The Early Show" uncovered an alleged con artist running an adoption scam.

Adult Adoptees Legislation Would Give Access to Original Birth Records

Proposed legislation in New Jersey could give adult adoptees direct access to their original birth certificates. Credit: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services If you're an adoptive parent, you probably grapple with questi...Adult adoptees would have access to their original birth records.

Russians Want Woman to Support Adopted Child She Sent Back

Hey, you break it, you buy it. Or, at the very least, you pay child support. This could be store policy when you treat a kid like a Blue Light Special at Kmart. Torry Hansen of Shelbyville, Tenn., adopted a boy from Russia and made national hea...Woman learns Russia has a tough returns policy.


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