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Lawyer: Missing Hawaii girl's family cooperating with police

Sep. 17, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Adoptive family members of a missing Hawaii girl have been fully cooperative with police and consented to a full-day search of their home, an attorney for them said in a statement. Isabella Kalua was last seen asleep Sunday night in her home in...

Missing Hawaii girl's parents withdrew her from school

Sep. 16, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The adoptive parents of a missing 6-year-old Hawaii girl pulled her out of school to home-school her, the state Department of Education said. Isabella Kalua attended kindergarten at Waimanalo Elementary last school year via distance learning, said Nanea...

5 Lansing-area siblings, separated as kids, find each other

Sep. 12, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josephine Herrera didn’t know growing up that her family was fractured, but she witnessed sudden bouts of sadness that sometimes overtook her mother. They were clues something was missing. “I remember, you know, growing up,...

Woman adopts 3 nephews after sister dies of COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Sick with COVID-19 in a hospital bed, pregnant with her third child and anticipating the worst, Jackie Gonzalez penned a letter to her oldest son. “My dearest Jacob,” it began. “I thought we would have forever together. But forever isn’t as...

Police: Officer in anti-abortion ad 'against his wishes'

Sep. 08, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico police officer who adopted a child from a pregnant woman he found using heroin in what has been held up as an alternative to abortion is pictured in uniform on an anti-abortion billboard without his permission, his superiors say. ...

Tribes, states seek review of Native child adoptions case

Sep. 08, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case that centers on whether Native Americans should receive preference in adoptions of Native children. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a sharply divided ruling in April over the...

U.S. families mid-adoption trying to get Afghan children out

Aug. 17, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

After five frustrating years mired in bureaucratic delays, Bahaudin Mujtaba and wife Lisa had hoped to finally bring the 10-year-old Afghan boy they’re adopting to their home in Florida this year for a chance at a different future. But with the collapse of the Afghan...

'Game over': Westerners rush to leave Kabul, rescue Afghans

Aug. 16, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

The chop of U.S. military helicopters whisking American diplomats to Kabul’s airport punctuated a frantic rush by thousands of other foreigners and Afghans to flee to safety as well, as a stunningly swift Taliban takeover entered the heart of Afghanistan’s capital. ...

$20K or more to expand your family? How to pay for adoption

Aug. 11, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

Sarah Bailey’s adoption experience began in 2013 when she connected with an adoption placement agency and paid fees for a parental class and to advertise to birth mothers for one year. In 2014, and still without a successful adoption, Bailey began paying a monthly $340...

Bosnia's outgoing international overseer urges new approach

Jul. 27, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Western powers should adopt a new approach to promoting reconciliation in politically fragmented Bosnia to prevent nativist leaders from turning the Balkan country into a deserted wasteland, according to the top international overseer of a 1995 peace...