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Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Rosa Soto Alvarez, of Tucson,, holds a flag of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as she and other Native Americans stand outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives Native American families preference in adoption proceedings involving Native American children. Alvarez is a supporter of the law. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

Court takes another look at Native American adoption law

Jan. 22, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appellate judges closely questioned attorneys for the government and Native American tribes Wednesday over whether a law meant to preserve Native American families and culture unconstitutionally intrudes into state adoption issues. It was the second time in a year that the 5th...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, new graduates line up before the start of the Bergen Community College commencement at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis released Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that is unprecedented in its scope.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Unusual study details woes among veterans of foster care

Jan. 22, 2020 11:30 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis that is unprecedented in its scope. One striking finding in the report: Less than 5% of men...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

FILE - This July 31, 2015 file photo shows professional dancer Louis Van Amstel, a former cast member on

Boy berated by teacher says he's still grateful for 2 dads

Dec. 20, 2019 3:57 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy is speaking out after being berated by a substitute teacher for saying he was grateful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a professional dancer from “Dancing with the Stars.” Daniel van Amstel, 11, told “CBS This Morning” on...

5 sisters officially adopted by Kentucky foster family

Dec. 20, 2019 3:14 AM EST

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple has officially adopted a group of five sisters who they have been fostering since 2016. Aubrey, 11, and her four sisters, ranging in age from 4 to 10, were officially adopted by Whitney and James Meserve on Tuesday, WFIE-TV reported. Aubrey told the station that...

'Traditional parenting is not going to work'

Dec. 20, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — As Geri Brotherton enters the St. Louis County Courthouse on a Wednesday morning in November, her hands are full and her mind is busy. Her husband, a lawyer and a social worker add to at least seven of her children walking beside her. Two little girls in matching white skirts and denim...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, acting chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, joined at left by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, meet with reporters to discuss the next steps of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington. House Democrats are set to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee _ a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Three veteran lawmakers, including Maloney of New York, the acting chairwoman, are seeking to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who died last month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Paid parental leave for fed workers could spur wider changes

Dec. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government’s 2.1 million employees will get paid parental leave for the first time, a galvanizing moment in the growing movement to bring the benefit to all U.S. workers. The benefit, which gives 12 weeks of paid leave to mothers and fathers of newborns, newly adopted...

Missouri settles lawsuit on foster kids on psychotropic meds

Dec. 9, 2019 1:59 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will have to overhaul how it monitors children in foster care on psychotropic drugs as part of a settlement agreement finalized this past week. The settlement calls for the state to ramp up staff training and mandates regular check-ups for kids on psychotropic...