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NASA tests rocket designed to get humans to Mars

NASA has test-fired an astonishingly powerful engine which will one day propel a manned mission all the way to Mars.<p>The American space agency tested …

Open adoption is about common courtesy

If we had to describe open adoption in six words or less, we’d put it this way: <i>open adoption is about common courtesy.</i><p><b>Common courtesy is an integral</b> …

Parenting

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Latin America

I Wasn’t Ready For This Phase Of Parenthood: The Un-Needing

Sometimes I feel like I’ve gotten snagged in a time warp. Another summer is over. The night air is turning crisp. The soccer games have started. …

Parenting

What it’s like to be an adoptive parent

Loving union: Terri and Owen Vyner with their daughter Laura.<p>WHEN we first moved into our local suburb, the sight of my wife and children walking …

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex …

LGBTQI

12 of the Coolest Kids' Spaces We've Ever Seen

I'm Young and Single, and I Adopted My Son

Then, last year, I found myself at a folk concert in Annapolis, Maryland. Between a couple of the songs, the performers started talking about their own experiences with adoption. I felt like I was the only person standing there in that crowded room. They were talking to me. The thoughts kept …

The Insensitivity of Adoption Day Celebrations

Adoptive families have been commemorating the day they acquired their adopted children with an annual celebration since at least 2005 when it was suggested in Margaret Schwartz's book <i>The Pumpkin Patch</i>. The celebration and its name have been the subject of controversy since its inception.<p>Very …

Parenting

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

"Open Adoption" has become a bit of a catchphrase. People seeking to become parents through adoption today are usually aware that "openness" -- and some form of ongoing connection to their child's birth parents (also known as "first parents") and other family members -- will be a part of building …

Adoption

Adopted Kids Do Not Come With a Warranty

If you’ve ever been privy to what goes on in family court in the Hudson Valley and beyond, as I have, you know judges are overwhelmed with cases and …

Hudson Valley

Changes To Adoption Laws Will Allow Couples To Advertise For Children

What used to be a private search for an adoptive child could soon go very public. There are major changes to Ohio's adoption laws and some say it …

#Placed

A bit ago BirthMother Baskets announced a super rad campaign. <br>I feel so lucky to have been involved.<br>When I chose to place my sweet baby girl, I knew …

I Heard AND Felt The Relief...

*Names have been changed for privacy*<br>Right after I had placed a sweet perfect baby girl for adoption I was visiting my grandparents in California …

Is the 50mm 1.8 The Best Value Lens Ever Made?

In one word, yes. But I’d figure that you would want a more detailed explanation.<p>The 50mm f/1.8 lens – doesn’t matter what brand it is Canon, Nikon, …

What an Adoptee Wants You to Know About Adoption

<i>Disclaimer: I am but one person with my own experience. Adoptees are human beings, so of course our feelings and experiences vary from black to white to every shade of gray. I cannot and do not speak for everyone, but will always stand up for everyone to have a chance to speak.</i><p>When I was a baby, I …

Parenting

Nation still No 1 for US adoptions - China

China remains the most popular country for parents in the United States to adopt a child, with 2,040 adoptions last year, according to US State …

The Hardest Part About Growing Up As a Transracial Adoptee

I was adopted from China as a baby by white parents in America. I have six great siblings and have loved all the fun that comes from growing up in a big family. I am still firmly in the pro-adoption camp at age 15, but there are definitely things I think parents should understand about growing …

Parenting

Complaints About Your Child's Adoption Have to Stop

<i>Disclaimers -- This may be a tough read for some parents through adoption. You may think I am not understanding, but I do and my words to follow come with a huge amount of love. xo</i><p>I am but one person with my own experience. Adoptees are human beings so of course our feelings and experiences vary …

Parenting

Mich. House approves bills allowing religious objections by adoption agencies

LANSING, Mich. — Faith-based adoption agencies could refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their religious beliefs under bills approved …

LGBTQI

A Dad Speaks About Adoption and the Amazing Power of Nurture

• shares<p><i>A dad who adopted his son observes the difference between children of nature and the children of nurture. He likes what he sees.</i><p><i>—</i><p>Recently a …

16 Celebrities With Heartwarming Adoption Stories

There’s more than one way to become a parent: Some give birth to their babies, some welcome their child through surrogacy, and others expand their …

Dear Starbucks Barista: Don't Talk to My Family About Race

My name is Rachel, and I'm white. Polish-Irish white. I have peachy skin, hazel eyes and hair that tints red no matter how many boxes of ash brown hair color I use. My husband is white as well, born into a German family. He has brown hair and brown eyes, with shoulders that speckle with freckles in …

Parenting

Our adoption Story

Going from foster care to college, because someone believed in them

Jamilah Sims became a mother at 14 — just as she was entering foster care for the third time, because of her own mother's instability.<p>She and two sisters — the girls are triplets — have grown accustomed to packing up, moving in with strangers, leaving friends, changing schools. They lived in five …

5 Questions Adoptees Are Tired Of Being Asked

As an adopted teenager, I think there is a fine line between being curious and being nosey, especially when it comes to personal issues such as adoption. Most kids will point out the obvious: "Oh, that girl/boy does not look like their parents, they must be adopted." While many people will observe …

Codes of Conduct

3 ways to offset the high cost of adoption

Adopting a child is in many ways its own reward. But there are important financial benefits too.<p>And that matters, because adoption can get expensive. …

College & University

Couple who met adopted baby on TODAY say family is finally complete

When the world first met baby Sky, so did her adoptive parents, in one of the most memorable moments on TODAY.<p>It’s been several months since Priscilla Devries and Richard Dros were introduced to their 1-month old daughter on live television in Studio 1A, both crying as they held the little girl …

Family

My Birth Mother’s Daughter

As a child, whenever I conjured my birth mother from the blackness of memory, she was always alone, a solitary shadow. I wondered sometimes if she …