Latest Adoption News

Korean adoptee films pain of mother-child separations

Jun. 10, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bringing her camera to a home for unwed mothers on South Korea’s Jeju island, Sun Hee Engelstoft anticipated an empowering story about young women keeping their babies. Instead, she ended up with a raw and unsettling documentary about how a...

Foster care leads to forever family in southeastern Kentucky

May. 30, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — After marrying in 2013, Camillia and Ernie Howells knew immediately they wanted children. But after struggling with infertility issues for several years, the couple began looking at other options and took the first steps towards becoming foster parents. ...

Kentucky ties to Baptist kids agency at risk over gay rights

May. 28, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A cultural clash pitting religious beliefs against gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky's long-running relationship with a foster care and adoption agency affiliated with the Baptist church that serves some of the state's most vulnerable children. ...

Adult adoption makes former foster kid, caseworker a family

May. 16, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Leah Paskalides was fairly new as an adoption caseworker for the Safe Children Coalition when she met Monyay – the 19-year-old woman she now calls daughter. “When I started in adoptions in 2015, she was one of my first cases and at first she...

House votes to grant all adoptees access to birth records

May. 04, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to grant all adoptees in Connecticut access to their birth certificates, following an emotional and personal debate over whether the privacy rights of certain birth parents should trump those of adoptees seeking information about their past. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 03, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. April 30, 2021. Editorial: Who are my parents? Texas should give adoptees access to their original birth certificates In Texas, this story is all too typical. A child placed in foster care at birth is adopted and embarks on a...

Montana couple have been foster parents for over 46 years

May. 02, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

FERNDALE, Mont. (AP) — Jim and Mavis Meyer have been foster parents for more than 46 years. After their four biological children grew up and left the home, empty nest syndrome hit hard. That’s when Mavis began looking into becoming a foster parent — a temporary...

Supreme Court rejects Texas suit over California travel ban

Apr. 26, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider Texas' challenge to California's ban on state-funded business trips to Texas and other states deemed to discriminate against LGBTQ people. California adopted the ban following a 2017 Texas law that...

Amy Coney Barrett, husband sell their longtime Indiana home

Apr. 24, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and her husband have sold their northern Indiana home to a University of Notre Dame professor as their large family prepares for a move to the Washington, D.C., area. Jesse Barrett said he and the...

Ex-Arizona official gets more prison time in adoption scheme

Apr. 21, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Arizona politician could serve up to 15 years in prison for operating an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands after he was given his third sentence Wednesday in Utah. Paul Petersen had already been ordered to...