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  • Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care

    08/18/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/18/11 | JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer
    An Illinois judge ruled Thursday that the state can stop working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster care placements — something the state decided to do in July after the not-for-profit agency refused to recognize Illinois' new civil unions law. In his ruling, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt said that no one, including Catholic Charities, has a legal right to a contract with the state government. He did not address the more sensitive issue of whether a state contractor that refuses to serve gays and lesbians is violating the state's new civil unions law. The state Department of...
  • UK: Statistics Show One Adoption for Every 2,235 Abortions

    08/09/2011 4:34:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/9/11 | Steven Ertelt
    Figures from the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the U.S. show it facilitates very few adoptions compared with the number of abortions it does when pregnant women visit for assistance. Knowing that, Peter Saunders, the CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, and the director of the anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing Alliance, wanted to know if the same sort of abortion versus adoption disparity was present in the United Kingdom. His survey found a shocking comparison.“All of which made me wonder what the comparative figures are like...
  • Returning Adopted Kids: Unthinkable?

    08/03/2011 3:43:52 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies · 1+ views
    responsibility-project.libertymutual.com ^ | January 26, 2010 | Kathy McManus
    Return unused portion for refund. It’s the traditional safety net when a product fails to please or perform. But should returns be allowed for adopted children? The Tulsa World reports that parents Melissa and Tony Wescott want to return their 11 year-old adopted son to state custody because they say he had severe behavioral problems not disclosed prior to his 2007 adoption, including reactive detachment disorder, disruptive behavior disorder, major depressive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and fetal alcohol syndrome. The Wescotts say that soon after the adoption, the boy attacked a neighbor child with a board, killed and injured...
  • Kitten Saved on Verrazano Up for Adoption in 3-4 Weeks

    07/25/2011 5:50:36 PM PDT · by Immerito · 24 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Jul 7, 2011
    A tiny kitten survived a harrowing ordeal on the Verrazano Bridge after it was thrown from a moving car, landing near the edge of the bridge before being rescued by a passing animal control officer. The officer was transporting animals to a Staten Island facility on Saturday and saw the gray kitten thrown out of the window, Animal Care & Control of NYC said Wednesday. The officer quickly pulled the vehicle over to try and rescue the kitten, which was found near the edge of the bridge. Passing truck drivers stopped to help block traffic while the rescue occurred, animal...
  • Shutdown Prevents Wis. Couple From Bringing Baby Home

    07/13/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies
    CBS local ^ | 7-13-11 | James Schugel
    Jessica and Craig Porter of Somerset, Wis. have their newly adopted baby’s room all ready, but the shutdown is forcing their new son to sleep in a playpen across the river in Minnesota. The family is stuck at a hotel until lawmakers strike a budget deal and the state shutdown passes. “We’re just so happy to be with him. We’ll probably go through anything to bring him home,” said Jessica Porter. Her baby boy, Ezra, is only 5 days old. He and his parents are living in a Stillwater hotel room, because they can’t go home to Wisconsin until his...
  • Jacobs details adoption story (BHO, immigration)

    07/07/2011 11:01:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-7-11 | MJ Lee
    President Obama’s father revealed plans to put him up for adoption in 1961, according to Sally Jacobs, the Boston Globe reporter whose biography on the elder Obama is due out next week. Jacobs wrote in the Globe on Thursday that the possibility was detailed as Obama’s father ran into trouble with immigration officials who thought he might have more than one wife. “Subject got his USC wife ‘Hapai’ [Hawaiian for pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,” read a memo written...
  • Tim Tebow Book “Through My Eyes” Shares Family’s Pro-Life Story

    06/06/2011 11:22:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 4+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/6/11 | Steven Ertelt
    Tim Tebow Book “Through My Eyes” Shares Family’s Pro-Life Story by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 6/6/11 11:47 AMTim Tebow has become a star within pro-life circles — and for good reason. The popular Denver Broncos quarterback and former college football superstar and his family have become leading pro-life spokespeople thanks to their story.By now, most people are familiar with Tebow — who made his Christian faith the basis for his football success and who has inspired a generation of young people with his morals and values. Those values came in part because of the story Americans know almost...
  • Little boy lost: Family struggles to help heal troubled adopted son

    06/02/2011 10:12:25 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 31, 2011 | Nicole Brochu
    Unable to conceive, Patrick LoBrutto and Mary Greene chose to fill out their family the same way 12,000 Americans do each year by adopting a child from a foreign country. It's a dicey proposition, to be sure, especially when choosing a country like Russia, where the orphanages are filled with abused and neglected children. But LoBrutto and Greene were prepared. Or so they thought. They were well-educated, they did their homework, they took international adoption classes, they even had one of the world's leading international-adoption experts advising them. They were intent on having a son, to fill the hole that...
  • Illinois Catholic Charities forced out of adoptions over homosexual ‘rights’

    05/31/2011 1:50:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 30, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    ROCKFORD, Illinois, May 30, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Diocese of Rockford, IL announced the closing of their adoption agencies last week, forced out of service due to new legislation that would oblige them to service homosexual couples. Catholic Charities of Illinois has been in business for more than 100 years, providing adoption and foster-care homes to hundreds of children.  Currently, the Diocese handles approximately 350 foster family and adoption cases in 11 counties in northern Illinois with a state budget of $7.5 million and 58 workers who will now no longer have jobs. The Diocese announced that the agency...
  • Reduce abortions by promoting adoption: Christian Democrat (Sweden)

    05/30/2011 1:19:23 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 05/30/2011 | David Landes
    Rather than abort unwanted children, women in Sweden should give birth and put the children up for adoption, a Christian Democrat politician has argued, hoping the measure would reduce the number of abortions in Sweden. "Domestic adoption doesn't even exist. On the other hand, there are quite a number of Swedes who 'import' children from abroad; why can't we have some form of adoption centre in Sweden," Gunilla Gomér said to Sveriges Television (SVT). According to Gomér, creating a adoption centre that would make it easier for women to place children in Sweden would help lower the number of abortions...
  • After 30 years and odd alliances, bill to open adoption records awaits NJ governor's signature

    05/20/2011 12:28:20 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 58 replies
    The Republic ^ | May 18, 2011 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    TRENTON, N.J. — Adult adoptees in New Jersey who want to find their biological parents are hoping that a three-decade battle in the Legislature over giving them access to their birth records will end with a stroke of Gov. Chris Christie's pen. Awaiting the governor's signature is a bill that would open up state adoption records, marking a major shift for New Jersey, which has one of the most restrictive adoption records policies in the United States. The move has been fought by an unlikely alliance between legal groups who say it violates privacy concerns and anti-abortion advocates who fear...
  • Email from VA Homosexual group, pushing to re-open decision (BARF ALERT)

    05/17/2011 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 15 replies · 1+ views
    EV Leads Effort to Reopen Rules Governing Adoption and Foster Care Agencies; Asks State Board to Suspend Rules Until Additional Comments Received At a press conference today, Equality Virginia released its letter written to the chair of the Virginia State Board of Social Services and the Commissioner of the Department asking that the recently adopted rules governing licensed child placing agencies be suspended pending further public comment. James Parrish, Equality Virginia's Executive Director, made the following statement about EV's action: Children in the child welfare system and prospective foster and adoptive parents have the right to be protected against discrimination....
  • Obama's half-sister raises birth-certificate doubts

    04/28/2011 7:56:01 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 40 replies
    WND ^ | April 28, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Claims despite 'adoption' by Indonesian stepfather, it is U.S. 'law' that mattersA statement from Barack Obama's half-sister has at least cast a shadow of doubt on the legitimacy of the "Certificate of Live Birth" document that was released by the White House this week in an attempt to stifle questions about his eligibility, by referencing his apparent adoption by her father, Indonesian Lolo Soetoro. On a Facebook page, Maya Soetoro-Ng wrote to a woman who had met her in Hawaii after Madelyn Dunham, the mother of Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro and grandmother to both Maya and Barack, passed away...
  • Tribunal rejects Catholic Care's {anti-}gay adoption appeal (pinkos win in the UK)

    04/27/2011 3:46:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 27-04-2011 | BBC
    A Roman Catholic charity has lost its latest appeal against equality laws which allow gay couples to use adoption services. Catholic Care, run by the Diocese of Leeds, argued it would have to give up its adoption service if it was not made exempt from the law.
  • For this Child I Prayed (& Sam Makes 10!)

    04/20/2011 8:44:17 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 1 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 04/20/11 | The Joyful Nonconformist
    If you are at all familiar with our story, you know that we have ten children. Yes...ten. Six I received in the delivery room; two I received at the altar; and two I received at the courthouse. Honestly, because this is the way the Lord has orchestrated my child-bearing, it's something I really don't think about all that much. I simply have ten children. But I think that, in order to really give God the glory, I should take a pause more often and seriously think about this family He has created...and how He has chosen to go about putting...
  • With more white parents adopting black children, hair care for them is a needed lesson

    04/12/2011 7:44:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 80 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 10, 2011 | Bonnie Miller Rubin
    In the African-American community, the significance of hair cannot be underestimated, a source of either self-esteem or self-doubt. So for white parents of black children, making sure their youngsters are well-coiffed is as much a priority as good nutrition and potty training. This reality came into focus recently at a sold-out workshop, "Caring for Afro-textured Hair and Skin," at the Cradle, an Evanston-based adoption agency. "People are judged by the way they look," said Julien Drouet, a white father of Lily, 3, and 10-month-old Victor, whom he adopted with his partner, Brandon Walt. "I don't agree, but if we want...
  • The celebrity baby boom lacking adoptions like Mariska Hargitay’s

    04/07/2011 1:10:05 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | April 7, 2011 | Treva Bowdoin
    There has definitely been a big celebrity baby boom going on. Yesterday Tina Fey announced on Orpah that she’s five months pregnant with her second child (after pretending to be pregnant on an episode of “30 Rock” not all that long ago), while Mariska Hargitay revealed that she has adopted a baby girl named Amaya Josephine. Unfortunately, the baby boom is lacking celebrities willing to adopt like Mariska. In fact, looking back over the celebrity adoption news over the last two years, it seems that Mariska Hargitay, Katherine Heigl, and Sandra Bullock are two of the only celebrities that have...
  • Planning for Mercy (or "Everybody Needs Somebody")

    04/05/2011 9:21:23 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 04/05/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21) One of these days, I'm going to embrace that truth with both arms and get it right on the first try! I look forward to that. See, I'm pretty good with planning, if I do say so myself. For example, there's just not much I enjoy more than plotting out the homeschool year...unless it's planning a trip! Oh, yeah...that's where I'm a Viking! I've organized some pretty sweet chore charts in my day too...and sticker-graphs for kids who need to remember to...
  • We're getting a $54,000 tax refund! (only in America)

    04/02/2011 11:03:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 1 Apr 2011 | Blake Ellis
    SMITHFIELD, N.C. (CNNMoney) -- The Wards couldn't believethe news when their tax preparer called to tell them they're getting a $54,000 refund this year. Thelma Ward was speechless. She had to hand the phone to her husband so she could dance around the living room floor in shock. "I was thanking God like never before," she said. "We're just overwhelmed -- that amount was so huge it was unbelievable." Even their tax preparer said she had to check the math -- 10 to 15 times. "We couldn't believe it when we totaled everything up. We were like, that can't be...
  • Revisiting Messina vs. USCIS (Is Obama NBC via "nunc pro tunc" adoption?)

    04/02/2011 12:19:28 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 41 replies
    Immigration Daily ^ | October 28, 2010 | Yosef Yacob, JD, LLM, PHD
    Maria Messina (nee Maria Rosanna DiDia) was born in Italy on July 5, 1983. Her mother was Laura DiDia. When Maria was born, Laura had been separated from her husband for ten months and Maria's father was someone other than Laura's husband. On July 14, 1983, Laura petitioned a local Italian judge to issue a passport to Maria to enable her to migrate to the United States with Stefano and Caterina, who had traveled from the United States to Italy for this purpose. In this petition, Laura stated that she was giving "permanent custody" to Stefano and Caterina who "have...
  • VA DSS proposes homosexual adoptions (Today is LAST DAY for comments)

    VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES PROPOSES REGS ON HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION -- COMMENTS DUE TODAY, APRIL 1, 2011 Please forward to your own lists. We were informed today that the Virginia Department of Social Services has proposed regulations to require state licensed adoption agencies, including private church-run adoption agencies, to not refuse to process adoption of children based on sexual orientation. If these regs are adopted, even private, church-run agencies would be required to process adoption applications by same-sex couples. Here is an excerpt from the regulation found at http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/vol27/iss11/v27i11.pdf , Part IV, Program Statement, 22VAC40-131-170. B. The licensee shall prohibit...
  • A Courtship...An Unused Passport...and a Sad-but-True Tale of Unexpected Visitors

    03/26/2011 9:50:30 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 1 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 03/26/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    They are our reversal babies. (Sweet Jimmy B really thought I should have taken the picture of the backs of their heads. Get it? Reversal babies!) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you might want to take a peek at the Pregnant Pause posts. While I'm certain that there are no shortage of folks who are relieved, no one has ever come out and asked me why we haven't been back to the delivery room in over six years. I mean, really...we made that trip three times in 3 1/2 years, after all, so it would actually...
  • It Is So Good To Finally Be Home

    03/21/2011 6:16:13 PM PDT · by RGrizzle · 7 replies
    I've Been There Ministries ^ | 3/21/2011 | I've Been There Ministries
    It had been a long and challenging trip. Working for the family business meant a lot of sacrifices, but it was well worth it. After such a long journey, it was so good to finally be home. His wife greeted as he entered. They held each other with a closeness that took forty-three years to fully ripen. She had been the delight of his life. The early days were tough, but as the years passed their love reached heights that he never knew were humanly possible. He often wished she were at his side during his recent travels. There were...
  • Two Days...Two Anniversaries

    02/24/2011 9:01:44 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 02/24/11 | Joyful Noncomformist
    I know this doesn't look like your typical anniversary picture. That's because today's not your typical anniversary! (Silly!) On February 24, 2009, we adopted our daughter Mercy and our son Sam. This picture shows us with the judge right after the ceremony. In the picture with us are our eight birth children, one son-in-law, one granddaughter, and a sweet little guy who has since become our grandson through adoption! You know...I really wish I had been keeping a diary of our adoption journey as it unfolded, because it was like a cruise to the Bahamas that ended up being a...
  • Russians want child support from woman who returned adopted son

    01/27/2011 12:28:59 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 32 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 01/22/2010
    SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - An American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia has been hit with a child support claim by an adoption agency, but her attorney asked a Tennessee juvenile court to throw the claim out. Torry Hansen, who had been living in Shelbyville, sent the 8-year-old boy on a plane to Moscow by himself last April with a note saying that she didn't want to be his mother anymore because the child had psychological problems. The incident created an international uproar. According to documents obtained by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Hansen's attorney filed a motion to dismiss...
  • Gay Miami Couple Finally Adopts Two Brothers (Fought the 30-year-old gay adoption ban and won)

    01/19/2011 1:23:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wed, Jan 19, 2011
    Men fought the state's 30-year-old gay adoption ban and won A homosexual Miami couple has officially adopted two brothers in a case that overturned Florida's three-decade ban on gay adoptions. Martin Gill and his partner were the boys' foster parents for six years before the adoption was finalized Wednesday. Gill and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state, calling the ban unconstitutional. The 3rd District Court of Appeal agreed in a ruling last year. The state decided not to appeal. Gill said he is thrilled they are "officially a family in the eyes of the law."...
  • Court hears gay dads' La. birth certificate case

    01/19/2011 12:21:29 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 11 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The state of Louisiana is asking a federal appeals court to let it list just one of two adoptive gay parents' names on their child's birth certificate. A full panel of 16 judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in the case of parents Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith. They now live in Florida and adopted their son after he was born in Shreveport in 2005.
  • To the Left, Children Are Compensation

    12/30/2010 1:10:44 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 16 replies · 16+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Suzanne Venker
    What makes a good parent? Many things, of course. But an obvious prerequisite is someone whose parenting goals have less to do with what he or she wants and more to do with what children need. Sadly, this attitude no longer prevails in mainstream American society. Elton John and Eva Longoria (Neil Patrick Harris, too) are the latest to jump on the Me first, Child last bandwagon. Longoria is in the process of divorcing husband Tony Parker (like most women in Hollywood eventually do), but she has no intention of letting a small thing like that stop her from being...
  • Newborn girl dropped off at LA fire station

    12/25/2010 1:34:38 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 2+ views
    hosted ^ | Dec 25 | ROBERT JABLON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles firefighters received an unusual Christmas delivery at a downtown station this year - a baby. With a small bundle in her arms, a woman went to a station near the city's Exposition Park on Friday afternoon, telling firefighters she wanted to give the child up for adoption
  • ‘Married’ homosexual molested dozens at Dutch day care centers, say police

    12/14/2010 4:20:36 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 14, 2010 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    BRUSSELS, December 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A homosexual daycare worker has been accused of molesting dozens of children in his charge. He and his male “spouse” are also accused of possession of child pornography generated from the abuse, which was reportedly distributed internationally through internet pedophile networks. “Robert M.,” as he is identified by police, is a 27-year-old Lithuanian who reportedly moved to the Netherlands in 2004 and “married” his homosexual partner, a Dutch citizen, in 2008, receiving his own Dutch citizenship as a result. He worked in at least two Dutch daycare centers from 2007 to 2010, and offered...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 12 - On Adoption

    12/11/2010 2:34:29 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Chapter XII Of Adoption All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption,[1] by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God,[2] have His name put upon them,[3] receive the spirit of adoption,[4] have access to the throne of grace with boldness,[5] are enabled to cry, Abba, Father,[6] are pitied,[7] protected,[8] provided for,[9] and chastened by Him as by a Father:[10] yet never cast off,[11] but sealed to the day of redemption;[12] and inherit the promises,[13]...
  • Spirit of Adoption ...Romans 8

    12/05/2010 4:23:04 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    http://billrandles.wordpress.com/ ^ | 12-05-10 | Bill Randles
    For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Romans 8:14-16)Romans 8 is all about the assurance of salvation. The apostle asserts in the first verse that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”, and the rest of the chapter teaches why this is so. There is no...
  • Prohibiting sex offenders from adoption ‘discriminatory’ says (UK) report

    12/01/2010 2:05:07 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 1, 2010 | HILARY WHITE
    LONDON, December 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A “blanket ban” on convicted sex-offenders adopting children is discriminatory, says a report from Helen Reece of the London School of Economics. Reece, a family law expert, has said that each case should be examined separately “on its merits.” “Sex offenders shouldn’t all be tarred with the same brush,” Reece said. “People need to be carefully screened for adoption and fostering, but each case should be taken on its merits. “There shouldn’t be blanket rules. What somebody has done before is not necessarily what he or she will do again. When someone has served...
  • (British) Christian doctor forced off adoption panel goes to EU Court of Justice

    11/16/2010 2:14:43 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2010 | Hilary White
    LONDON, November 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British Christian pediatrician has applied to be heard at the European Court of Justice after she was forced out of her position on the Northamptonshire County Council Adoption Panel because of her belief that adoptive children are best off placed with a mother and a father. Sheila Matthews, a physician with 18 years experience, is being represented in her legal challenge by human rights barrister Paul Diamond and the Christian Legal Centre. Matthews has mounted the legal challenge to determine whether professional medical advice regarding the child’s “best interests” is “negated” by “homosexual...
  • The Cole babies: Years later, they search for identity

    11/07/2010 7:43:38 AM PST · by Saije · 56 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/7/2010 | Audra D. S. Burch
    Cyn Bird grabbed a torn piece of notebook paper to scribble the secrets spilling from her mother's mouth as she neared death: The mysterious Miami doctor named Katherine Cole who delivered and supposedly sold babies to couples. The phone call on Jan. 12, 1962, that a baby girl with sky blue eyes was available. The $2,500 price tag. After 46 years, Bird had learned the stunning truth about her birth from her mother. Bird was adopted. Illegally. ``How do you wake up at my age and realize you have no idea who you really are?'' asks Bird, a New Jersey...
  • Planned Parenthood President Proves Insanity

    10/27/2010 8:44:09 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 8 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | October 27, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went beyond the pale in proving she has an attitude that sees only the darkness in humanity. She stated, "I think it's important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money. So, an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don't have children that they weren't planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy. So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only...
  • Why Rod Stewart Put Daughter Up for Adoption (Finally reunites with long lost daughter)

    10/23/2010 5:03:45 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 27 replies
    Pop Eater ^ | 10/23/2010 | The Staff
    Rod Stewart is opening up about the daughter he gave up for adoption, revealing he was "absolutely stone broke" when Sarah Streeter was born and had no other option. "She was put up for adoption when I was 17 or 18, I think," the rocker said on 'The Joy Behar Show' Thursday. Stewart has recently been in contact with his daughter, now 46, following the deaths of her adoptive parents. "Since her mom and dad have died, we've tried to come together and be close together, and it's working out pretty well," Stewart said. "I never felt like I was...
  • Big Study: Homosexual Parents More LIkely to Raise Homosexual Kids

    10/17/2010 7:09:54 PM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 12 replies
    AOL News ^ | October 17, 2010 | Paul Kix
    Walter Schumm knows what he's about to do is unpopular: publish a study arguing that gay parents are more likely to raise gay children than straight parents. But the Kansas State University family studies professor has a detailed analysis that past almost aggressively ideological researchers never had. When one such researcher, Paul Cameron, published a paper in 2006 arguing that children of gay parents were more likely to be gay themselves, the response from the academic press was virulent, to say nothing of the popular press; the Southern Poverty Law Center, for instance, equated Cameron to a Nazi. ....
  • Abortion, Tackling the Third Rail

    10/15/2010 7:04:53 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 2 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | October 15, 2010 | B. Saunders
    The two guarantees every editorialist, opinion-maker, or normal person can rely on is when speaking about abortion they will be scorned by half the people in general regardless of which side they take and there are only absolutes making it impossible to find any middle ground. The major problem with the arguments on abortion is terms mean different things for each side. Being adopted, I could have been personally affected had abortion been as freely available as it has come to be in today’s society. This, needless to say, does help to mold my opposition to abortion along with religious...
  • Family section pleased with gay adoption ruling (State Bar pretends did not endorse, barf)

    Family section pleased with gay adoption ruling Section’s brief cited twice in the opinion By Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Brimming with big news, former Family Law Section Chair Scott Rubin walked into a luncheon at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Orlando on September 22. Immediately, he told the section’s current chair, 15th Circuit Magistrate Diane Kirigin, who got everyone’s attention and turned the floor over to Rubin. Rubin announced that the Third District Court of Appeal had unanimously concluded “there is no rational basis for the statute,” and declared Florida’s 33-year-old ban on gay adoption unconstitutional because it violates equal...
  • Ohio SC Decision a Clear Win for Dads in Adoption Cases

    09/30/2010 8:06:25 AM PDT · by fathers1 · 26 replies
    www.fathersandfamilies.org ^ | 9/27/10 | Robert Franklin, Esq.
    The war on fathers’ rights in adoption proceedings continues and fathers are starting to win a few battles, like the one described in this article (Toledo Blade, 9/24/10) and this Ohio Supreme Court opinion (Leagle, 7/22/10). Benjamin Wyrembek had a brief affair with a married woman. She became pregnant in 2007 and, along with her husband, decided to place the child for adoption. Wyrembek had no way of knowing if the child was his or not and possibly neither did the woman, although neither the article nor the opinion says. But he timely filed his claim of paternity with the...
  • URGENT!!! Kittens @ OC Shelter [Forever homes needed. Pix included.]

    09/29/2010 1:03:20 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/28/10 | Angels for Animals Network
    Angels for Animals Network Darling Orphan Kittens Need Rescue NOW!!! Contact Tammy Osborn at the OC Shelter at TOsborn@ochca.com if you can help. [Thanks to Brad's Gramma for the heads-up. Any Orange County freepers looking for their own VK, you know what to do.]]
  • Court rules Florida must allow gay adoptions

    09/24/2010 2:01:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 24, 2010 | Diogenes
    A Florida appeals court has ruled that a 1977 state law forbidding adoption by homosexual persons is unconstitutional. “It is difficult to see any rational basis in utilizing homosexual persons as foster parents or guardians on a temporary or permanent basis while imposing a blanket prohibition on adoption by those same persons,” the three judges ruled in a unanimous decision. Governor Charlie Crist praised the court ruling. In 1992, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith urged bishops to oppose legislation that permits adoption or foster care by homosexual persons. “Sexual orientation” does not constitute a quality comparable to...
  • Italian official claims link between homosexual adoption and human trafficking

    09/21/2010 2:32:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2010
    Rome, Italy, Sep 21, 2010 / 02:58 pm (CNA).- The Secretary of State for Family Policy in Italy, Carlo Giovanardi, stated in an interview this week that he believes there is a connection between adoption by same-sex couples and the increase in the human trafficking of minors.In the interview with political analyst Klaus Davi, Giovanardi noted that “where the adoption by gay couples is allowed, such as in the U.S. and Brazil,” the countries have exploded with the “buying and selling of children.”“It is something that at least this government will never accept and I want to denounce it...
  • Ronald Reagan on adoption and abortion

    09/05/2010 3:44:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1975 | Ronald Reagan/Posted by St Gerard Center
    Ronald Reagan radio address from 1975 addresses the topics of abortion and adoption.
  • Ohio Supreme Court: Rights of Biological Parents ‘Precious and Fundamental’

    07/27/2010 2:17:52 PM PDT · by fathers1 · 8 replies · 4+ views
    www.fathersandfamilies.org ^ | 7/27/10 | Robert Franklin, Esq.
    This case out of the Ohio Supreme Court does little but suggests much (Leagle, 7/22/10). Reading the court’s dicta, i.e. the verbal embroidery with which it decorates its actual holding, fathers’ rights in adoption cases just got a huge boost. Back in July 2005, Susan Tuttle gave birth to a child. She was married to Jeremy Tuttle at the time and his name was placed on the birth certificate. The court’s recitation of facts leaves us to guess at just how and why certain events transpired, but, a month later, DNA testing on the baby had been performed. It showed...
  • Spanish judge fined for refusing to allow adoption by lesbian couple

    07/22/2010 3:02:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 6+ views
    cna ^ | July 22, 2010
    Judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita Madrid, Spain, Jul 22, 2010 / 02:03 pm (CNA).- Next month, former Judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita will be forced to pay the Spanish government $127,000 for denying a lesbian couple’s request to adopt a girl.Ferrin, who is married and a father of seven, was a judge in the Spanish towns of Huesca, Bejar and Chiclana.  He also served as a family court judge in Murcia from 1999 to 2008, when the Supreme Court suspended him for two years and three months for ruling against the controversial adoption. In Ferrin’s ruling he ordered a report be...
  • Ohio Man Seeks Return of His Daughter Taken in Adoption Try

    07/12/2010 12:15:09 PM PDT · by fathers1 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    www.fathersandfamilies.org ^ | 07/12/10 | Robert Franklin, Esq.
    Doss said the birth mother signed an affidavit stating that she didn’t know the identity of the birth father. “That was what she signed and what we believed,” she said. Several weeks later, she learned that Mills had filed a brief in court claiming to be the father. “We didn’t know if that were true or if he wanted custody,” she said. “The birth mother was adamant he wasn’t the father. It wasn’t until the end of September that we got the result of the DNA testing.” And so began the heart-rending case of a little girl she named Vanessa,...
  • Fathered by a sperm donor - so why does she bitterly resent the stranger who gave her life?

    Caroline was fathered by a sperm donor - so why does she bitterly resent the stranger who gave her life? 24th June 2010 The act will have been brief, impersonal and utterly bereft of emotion - but 25 years on, the moment that Caroline Halstead was conceived is causing her lasting heartache. For she was fathered by an anonymous sperm donor and, like a growing number conceived in this way, she has struggled to come to terms with the fact that she is the product of a scientific process rather than a loving union. 'I was conceived in a petri...
  • Revealed: The Tragic Truth About Britain's Youngest Mother, A Rape And Who The Father...

    06/05/2010 9:28:33 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 1,014+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | June 05, 2010 | JENNY JOHNSTON
    Revealed: The Tragic Truth About Britain's Youngest Mother, A Rape And Who The Father of Her Child Really Is By JENNY JOHNSTON 5th June 2010 Whatever your views on abortion, there are many reasons why you could understand a girl like Tressa Middleton wanting to terminate a pregnancy. Sadly, her age - she was just 11 when she became pregnant - is only one reason, and perhaps not the most compelling at that. Yet, nearly five years on, she insists an abortion never crossed her mind. Why? 'I wanted the baby, no matter how it was made,' she explains. 'I...