Latest Adoption News

Adoptions another facet of life halted by war in Ukraine

May. 21, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

LEEDS, Maine (AP) — The ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been devastating for families of all kinds — including those who have seen their prospective adoptions put on hold. Ukraine was once one of the U.S.’s most frequent partners on international...

Love transcends borders: Marylanders adopt Ukraine-born girl

May. 21, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — When the airplane’s wheels touched down at Dulles International Airport on the afternoon of May 12, 6-year-old Bridget became a U.S. citizen. Her adoptive parents left Frederick County and crossed war-torn Ukraine to get to her. Bridget was...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 13, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Tennessee abortion pill law...

New law could let children to stay with relatives

Apr. 11, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new law could reshape the way child dependency cases are handled in Washington state, potentially leading to more children staying with family members without those relatives being required to adopt them. Under the current practice, the state forces...

Teenager designs database to help Alabama foster families

Apr. 10, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

When Pranav Somu first heard about the opportunity to volunteer for the North Alabama Foster Closet, he didn’t know anything about the organization. He didn’t even know much about foster care itself. But after doing some quick research, he learned that half of all foster parents...

South Carolina Senate's only Black Republican is sworn in

Apr. 05, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's newest senator was sworn into office on Tuesday. Surrounded by his family, Sen. Mike Reichenbach became the chamber's newest member a week after he won a special election for his Florence County district with 90% of the vote. ...

Kentucky mom travels to Ukraine after war halts adoption

Apr. 02, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother of six adopted children from Ukraine has been in that country for the past month, trying to bring home a seventh. Colleen Thompson and her husband David were in the process of adopting a teenager named Maure when Russia attacked Ukraine,...

Bill would let grown adoptees get birth record

Mar. 29, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Adults adopted as children in Louisiana may soon be able to obtain their original birth certificates without having to go to court. Under current law, adoptees in the state cannot get the original birth certificate — which identifies their birth parents...

Kentucky lawmakers pass ban on transgender athletes

Mar. 24, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate completed passage of a bill Thursday to bar transgender girls and women from participating in school sports matching their gender identity from sixth grade through college. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 26-9 to send the measure to...

Ex-WA far-right Rep. in Poland with Ukrainian kids

Mar. 16, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington state Rep. and far-right Republican Matt Shea, who was found by a House-commissioned investigation to have planned and participated in domestic terrorism, is in Poland with more than 60 Ukrainian children. Shea said he is trying to facilitate their...