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What kind of people become foster carers?

Fostering services are under pressure. They need to attract people with the right skills and qualities, and support them through a rigorous assessment to find enough homes for the children in their care. This year alone, there is a need for 8,600 new foster families.<p>The message sent out by each …

Gain "Know How" On the Harsh Realities of Foster Care

<i>This was co-authored with Northeastern University Co-op Justine Fischer.</i><p>During Foster Care Month in May, Foster Skills, a social enterprise working to innovate the foster care system, is hosting a screening of <i>Know How.</i><p><i>Know How</i>, a film about the foster care system, premiered at the Cinequest Film …

National Foster Care Awareness Month

At the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, we have the great privilege of working side by side with young people who have been in foster care. We have all heard young people say that they just wanted to be "normal" while they were in foster care. Establishing "normalcy" means that they get to …

Edward Timpson: 'I wouldn't be children's minister if my parents hadn't fostered'

One night in the House of Commons, trying to stay awake for a vote, Edward Timpson picked up Harold Macmillan's diaries in the library. "He was complaining about what an imposition it was to have to go back to his constituency once a month, and harking back to the halcyon days when it was an annual …

Foster Care Explained

Parenting a foster care child can be a very rewarding and potentially challenging experience. If you're considering fostering a child, here is what you need to know.<p>There are 400,000 foster children in the U.S., and 104,000 of them are waiting to be adopted, representing perhaps the greatest need …

Foster Care

We are abandoning children in foster care

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were "emancipated" or "aged out." In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.<p>Take Adrian, now 27. After being placed into foster care at …

Entertainment Tonight: 'My Five Wives': Adoption Talk Rattles the Family

Brady Williams' fifth wife, Rhonda, explores the possibility of adoption in the next episode of My Five Wives.

Three generations of adoption

When Ray Victor Lewis's mother gave him up for adoption in 1936, she left him with a small Bible. Inside the front cover, the inscription reads, "Ray of Sunshine, Victorious over all."<p>Ray's name wasn't changed by his new parents, although he was a baby. Nor were the circumstances of his adoption …

I Placed My Daughter for Adoption, But I Didn't Give Her Up

<i>Jessalynn "Jessa" Bills Speight, was 18 when she learned she was pregnant. She and her then-boyfriend went to Planned Parenthood to review all her options, and after careful consideration, she chose adoption. It was such a positive experience that she now runs retreats for birth mothers who have</i> …

Watch This Boy Surprise a TV Anchor Whose Story Helped Him Get Adopted

At around the 2:50 mark of this video, watch news anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA in Dallas break down in tears of happiness when she is surprised — on …

TV Series

Tim Tebow: I'll Adopt Someday

Having kids is still a ways off for Tim Tebow, but he has some definite plans on how it’ll happen.<p>“When I have a family someday, I’ll probably …

Federal judge overturns Michigan gay marriage, adoption ban

April Deboer (L) and her partner Jayne Rowse leave the Federal Court with their attorney Dana Nessel.<p>The next domino has fallen, making Michigan the …

Where America's Adopted Children Come From

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>With Thursday's news that Vladimir Putin plans to sign a bill that would forbid Americans from …

American Couple Sentenced to 3 Years in Qatar Adoption Case

An American couple in Qatar charged with starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter was sentenced to three years in prison amid concerns that …

Crime

10 Things You Shouldn't Say to Adoptive Parents

Here are the answers to the most egregious FAQs adoptive families face, so that you don't have to ask.<p><b>1. How much did she cost?</b> No child joins a family for free--think about those hefty hospital or midwife bills for a standard birth. When we adopted our daughters, we also paid for services …

Sex and the City

Ancestry DNA Tests for Genealogists

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is a macromolecule that contains a wealth of genetic information and can be used to better understand relationships …

TV documentary tells real stories behind the adoption process

A baby girl, just two days old, is glimpsed in profile, strapped into her car seat. She's so tiny it nearly engulfs her. She's leaving hospital, but not with her birth parents. A court has just granted social workers an emergency protection order because of fears she is at immediate risk of harm: …

How to Throw an Adoption Baby Shower

Planning a shower to welcome an adopted child may be a little different than your standard pre-baby event. Here's how to plan the perfect adoption shower.<p>At my baby shower, there was no guessing the size of the bump, and I could drink all the champagne I wanted. That's because I was still a few …

Baby Showers

6 Adoption Tips for Same-Sex Couples

Looking to expand your family? Six tips for same-sex couples considering adoption.<p>Adoption among gay and lesbian couples has never been more common or more socially accepted. As of February 2013, an estimated 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children in the United …

LGBTQI

White moms, black hair: Blogs teach adoptive and interracial families to care for hair - TODAY.com

Today<p>Rory Mullen's daughter Boo shows of her hairstyle called "threaded mini Bantu knots."<p>African-American women know well the work and time it takes to keep their hair healthy, styled and maintained. But what happens when you’re the non-black parent of an African-American girl? How does one learn …

Hair

Manisha Koirala to adopt a baby girl

Actress Manisha Koirala, who successfully battled cancer, says that when she overcomes her fear of relapse, she will adopt a baby girl.

Malta legalizes gay partnerships and adoption

VALLETTA (Reuters) - The Maltese parliament approved a law late on Monday to recognise same-sex partnerships on a legal par with marriage, including allowing gay couples to adopt.<p>Gay rights activists jeer at opposition members of parliament, who abstained during a vote to recognise same-sex …

Baby in Alessandra Pacchieri forced caesarean case adopted

The daughter of an Italian woman who had a forced caesarean section while in the UK has been adopted by "good and loving people", the country's top family judge has announced.<p>The case, which first unfolded in secrecy, was later reported and commented on around the world and led to Sir James Munby, …

Call for adoption targets and fewer family support services in Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies has called for targets for adoption in Australia, saying increased spending on family support services is a “red herring” and family preservation policies are flawed.<p>The rightwing thinktank releases Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data …

The Toe Poke Blog

12 hours ago<p>Zinedine Zidane has decided to go out on top by stepping down as Real Madrid head coach after winning a third straight Champions …

Foster care youth earn less than the “average”

If you are leaving the foster care system to face the world of employment, be prepared to earn less than your fellow “average Canadian.” A recent …

Texas agency moves to close gaps in foster parent screenings

Texas protective services officials, still reeling from last year's horrific beating deaths of two very young foster children in Central Texas, moved …

Mom drops lawsuit over Native American girl’s adoption

The biological mother of a girl at the center of a South Carolina adoption dispute has dropped a challenge to the law governing placement of Indian …