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Adoption law fightupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 12:57:00

Michigan lesbian couple is fighting to change adoption laws so their kids have same rights as other children

Justices at odds over benefits for child conceived after death of a parentupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 18:58:00

Shocking as it may sound, the seemingly endless federal bureaucracy can get confusing, especially when interpreting statutory procedure. When that happens, federal courts -- including the Supreme Court -- by precedent normally give the government the benefit of the doubt, what is called "administrative deference."

Adopted kids' drug abuse risk affected by biological familyupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 16:02:00

Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems.

Adoption controversyupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 00:43:00

A family torn apart by a law designed to keep Indian families together. CNN's George Howell reports.

Indian family protection law central to emotional custody battleupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 00:43:00

For the first few moments of her life, Veronica was with her birth mother.

Steve Jobs' take on faith, afterlifeupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 22:43:00

Biographer Walter Isaacson releases insightful recordings from his series of interviews with Steve Jobs.

Same-sex couple denied high court review of adoption disputeupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 11:29:00

A same-sex couple has been turned away at the Supreme Court in a cross-state dispute to have both of them officially listed as the parents of an adopted 5-year-old boy. Steve Jobs - the Private Man Few Knewupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 19:29:00

He was put up for adoption, dated Joan Baez and discovered a sister

Same-sex couple asks high court to intervene in adoption disputeupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 15:29:00

A same-sex couple has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in a cross-state dispute over their efforts to have both of them officially listed as the parents of an adopted 5-year-old boy.

Adoptive mom helps 'give birth' to 43 familiesupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:53:00

Becky Fawcett considers her infertility a blessing. But it wasn't always that way.

CNN Hero: Becky Fawcettupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:53:00

Becky Fawcett started to provide financial assistance to adoptive parents.

CNNMoney: Where's my $65,000 tax refund?updated: Sat Jun 04 2011 07:34:00

Tina and Kenny Thomas filed their taxes in February and are still waiting for their refund.

Dad found with dead kid, body bag in carupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 22:10:00

A Florida father was found with the dead body of his adopted daughter in his truck and another severely ill child.

After authorities found 'no concerns,' police detail abuse of twinsupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 22:10:00

The same day that law enforcement records painted a grim picture of brutal, systemic abuse of 10-year-old Florida twins, one of whom was found dead in a plastic bag in her adoptive father's truck, the state child welfare agency released a report indicating that investigators had concluded there were "no safety threats" in the family's home.

Florida woman charged with murder of adopted daughterupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 21:13:00

The adoptive mother of a Florida girl found dead in a plastic bag in her husband's truck has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Saturday.

Florida DCF: 'Outraged all of us'updated: Sat Mar 05 2011 21:13:00

Florida's Department of Children and Families is under fire after a girl was found dead in a pickup truck.

2nd person tried to warn about alleged abuse of Florida twinsupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 03:41:00

A second person tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one was found dead and the other doused in dangerous chemicals, according to a child abuse hotline call released this week.

Therapist tried to warn about alleged abuse of Florida twinsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 08:42:00

A therapist tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one of them was found dead and the other found doused in dangerous chemicals in a pest control truck on the side of a highway, according to a phone call released this week.

Wisconsin investigates couple charged with child abuse in Oklahomaupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 19:45:00

The state of Wisconsin is investigating a couple who were foster and adoptive parents there before moving to Oklahoma, where they face charges of child neglect and abuse in a case the sheriff calls the worst he has seen.

New documents detail hardships endured by Florida twinsupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 15:13:00

An independent panel has been asked to investigate the actions of Florida's child protection system in the case of 10-year-old twins, one of whom was found dead in the truck of her adoptive father while the other was rescued with life-threatening burns.

Police: Man tried to kill himself, sonupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:49:00

Police say a man admitted trying to kill himself and his adopted son. WSVN has more.

Ten tough years for adopted twinsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:49:00

There were blood relatives in Houston who wanted to adopt.

Missouri ruling extends legal battle for immigrant's sonupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 22:11:00

It is a case so heart-wrenching that a key ruling referenced the biblical Solomon, who, a Missouri judge said, at least had the option to decree that the child be cut in half. Oprah's Big Secret: She Has a Half-Sister!updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 17:36:00

"It was one of the greatest surprises of my life," the talk show host says What Is Oprah Winfrey's Big Family Secret?updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 14:31:00

The talk shown queen's father says he doesn't know, while Kitty Kelley believes it involves a previously unknown half sister Rod Stewart Speaks Out About Daughter Put Up for Adoptionupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 07:47:00

"We've tried to come together," the rocker says of Sarah Streeter, now in her 40s

Florida lesbian couple plans adoptionupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 12:30:00

A lesbian couple files paperwork to adopt a child after a court ruled Florida's gay adoption ban was unconstitutional.

Lesbian couple file to adopt in Florida, where ban was overturnedupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 12:30:00

A lesbian couple have applied to adopt a child after Florida's child advocacy agency announced it won't fight a court ruling that found the state's ban on such adoptions unconstitutional.

The gay 'Brady Bunch' familyupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 08:27:00

David Mayer and Keith Kennard's family is a modern-day Brady Bunch, with a twist. David, 43, has three sons and a daughter. His partner, Keith, 47, has three boys of his own. Together they are two gay men raising seven children.

Bullock baby debateupdated: Fri May 07 2010 10:10:00

There's debate over Sandra Bullock's adoption of an African-American child from New Orleans.

Bullock's adoption of black baby stirs debateupdated: Fri May 07 2010 10:10:00

It was supposed to be just a picture of a happy new mother showing off her beautiful adopted son.

Russian adoption case from cabbie's viewupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 08:29:00

CNN's Ivan Watson talks to the cab driver who received the boy involved in a U.S.-Russia adoption scandal.

Adoption tragedy strikes twice for Russian driverupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 08:29:00

Arthur Lookyanov is a man of small stature who taught himself to speak carefully enunciated English.

Torry Hansen should have sought helpupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 12:59:00

By all appearances, Torry Hansen returned her 7-year-old adopted son to Russia like a pair of pants that didn't fit. As a result, Russia is considering closing adoptions to American families.

Adoptive parents can feel overwhelmed during transitionupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 10:13:00

Melissa Fay Greene woke up at night crying and wondering if she had "ruined our life."

Russia upset over adopted boy snafuupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 10:13:00

Russia says all U.S. adoptions from the country are on hold until further notice. HLN's Richard Lui reports.

Adopted children at greater risk for mental health disordersupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 10:10:00

Melissa Fay Greene woke up at night crying and wondering if she had "ruined our life."

China's 'Baby Hope'updated: Mon Feb 15 2010 22:46:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports on a Chinese baby born with a birth defect her family chose not to treat.

Chinese baby born with birth defect gets surgeryupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 22:46:00

A newborn whose future gripped the Chinese media had surgery Saturday to correct a life-threatening birth defect and was in intensive care, a family spokeswoman said.

Fate of Chinese baby depends on parents consent to treatmentupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 02:14:00

She is being called "Baby Hope." The newborn girl was born in Tianjin on January 13 with a severe birth defect her parents decided not to treat. By the time children's rights activists found her, Baby Hope was extremely dehydrated and malnourished in a local hospice.

Orphanage: Adoption plan needed for Haitian childrenupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 09:38:00

Foreign governments should urgently accept Haitian orphans on humanitarian grounds following this week's devastating earthquake, an orphanage director in Haiti and adoptive parents said Friday.

Haiti's orphan crisisupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 09:38:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports from Haiti on the plight of the country's orphaned children.

Charity urges caution over Elton John 'adoption plan'updated: Mon Sep 14 2009 09:56:00

A leading international children's charity has warned that Elton John's desire to adopt a 14-month-old baby boy could lead to more children being abandoned.

Uruguay passes same-sex adoption lawupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 02:34:00

Uruguay became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex couples to adopt children after the Senate voted to approve a bill modifying the country's adoption statute.

In China, a U.S. adopted teen finds his rootsupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 20:53:00

His father and uncle fall to the ground, crying uncontrollably. After 11 years of not knowing, relief of finding a child they thought had been lost forever pours out of them.

Uruguay nears same-sex adoption lawupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 23:49:00

Uruguay drew one step closer to becoming the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex couples to adopt children with the passage of a bill by the lower house of Congress.

Single black women choosing to adoptupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 18:16:00

Wendy Duren thought she did everything right.

Sis finds long-lost brother living across the streetupdated: Wed May 20 2009 08:33:00

For years, Candace Eloph searched for her half-brother, who was given up for adoption in 1977. She found him -- living across the street.

Brother found across streetupdated: Wed May 20 2009 08:33:00

A Louisiana woman discovers her adopted brother lives across the street. CNN affiliate KTBS reports.

Finding a home: Fewer children up for adoption in Chinaupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 13:03:00

At a foster home on the outskirts of Beijing, 13 special-needs children are waiting to be adopted. Our crew walked in as they were waking up from their afternoon nap, with sleepy eyes and little yawns that quickly turned into smiles.

Madonna's adoption rejectedupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 13:03:00

Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge. Martin Geissler with ITN reports.

Judge: 'Gripping temptation' to let Madonna adoptupdated: Sat Apr 04 2009 05:51:00

A judge who barred Madonna's second adoption from Malawi on Friday said she had "a gripping temptation" to approve the adoption, but decided doing so would open doors to child trafficking, court records show.

Mother of five adopted kids: 'I admire Madonna'updated: Fri Apr 03 2009 16:19:00

Malawi's decision to reject pop star Madonna's adoption of a local child has reignited global debate about the ethics of international adoption.

Malawians support Madonna's adoptionupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 10:22:00

Malawians are rallying behind Madonna as she awaits a ruling Friday on whether she can adopt a girl from the southern African nation.

Awaiting ruling, Madonna meets with adopted son's dadupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 11:28:00

Pop star Madonna and her adopted son met with the young boy's biological father in Malawi as the singer awaited a court decision on whether she could adopt a girl from the same country, her publicist said Tuesday. Official: Madonna Heading to Malawi to Adopt a Girlupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 20:09:00

Sources say the singer will be in court next week to start the process

Adoption seekers using YouTube, Facebook to find birth momsupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 08:04:00

Their paths crossed on YouTube on an August night last year.

Police to search home, river for Kansas boy missing since 1999updated: Wed Jan 07 2009 14:24:00

Authorities investigating the case of a boy who disappeared in Kansas almost a decade ago plan to search an undisclosed residence Wednesday, the Butler County sheriff said.

Sheriff: Parents didn't report boy missing for a decadeupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 15:26:00

Authorities in Kansas are looking for a boy who disappeared about a decade ago, but was not reported missing until a few weeks ago. Mia Farrow's 35-Year-Old Adopted Daughter Diesupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 11:10:00

Lark Previn, who had been ill for a decade, passed away on Christmas Day

Tribe gets childupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 21:45:00

CNN's Campbell Brown comments on a couple that adopted a child then lost it to a Native American tribe. Survey: Men Adopt More Than Womenupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 20:00:00

The first federal survey of both men and women on adoption, challenges some stereotypes and offers some surprising findings

Teen fears disputed adoption could lead to deportationupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 13:52:00

Allie Mulvihill may seem like your typical American teenager, but she has something weighing on her mind that most 15-year-olds do not: deportation.

Teen denied citizenshipupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 13:52:00

Imagine adopting a baby and then finding out that the child could be thrown out of the country. Zain Verjee reports.

Baby in adoption limboupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 07:46:00

A U.S. couple has been waiting 7 weeks to obtain a visa for a Vietnamese boy they adopted. CNN's Alina Cho reports.

Halted foreign adoptions leave would-be parents in limboupdated: Wed May 28 2008 04:17:00

The crib in Ellen Darcy's Boston home has sat empty for more than a year. And in suburban Washington, Laura Teresinski has prepared a nursery for a baby that may never arrive. Should Race Be a Factor in Adoptions?updated: Tue May 27 2008 16:15:00

The law requires adoption in the U.S. to be color-blind, but a new study suggests that approach may be less than ideal Adoptees More Likely to be Troubledupdated: Mon May 05 2008 17:00:00

A new study shows that adopted kids are more likely to require mental health help as teens than non-adopted ones France Overruled on Gay Adoptionupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 08:00:00

The European Court of Human Rights has overturned French court rulings that prevented a single lesbian woman from adopting a child Can an Adopted Child Be Returned?updated: Tue Dec 18 2007 07:15:00

Citing her emotional problems, a Dutch diplomat couple gave their adopted Korean daughter back to Hong Kong's social welfare bureau, sparking outrage in Asia and Europe

U.S. joins international treaty on adoptionsupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 21:47:00

The United States on Wednesday joined an international treaty on adoptions -- a move that will protect both children and parents, and make the State Department a central registry tracking all adoptions coming in and out of the country, officials said.

Guatemala seeks to slow exodus of babies to U.S.updated: Thu Oct 04 2007 15:03:00

For many years, Guatemala has been a place of relatively uncomplicated adoptions for American parents. The small country's government estimates as many as 17 babies leave each day for adoptive parents in the United States.

Guatemala adoption controversyupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 15:03:00

A raid on a Guatemalan adoption agency leaves the future of dozens of babies in limbo. CNN's Harris Whitbeck reports. Cleaning Up International Adoptionsupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 14:00:00

Under pressure from both the U.S. and its own citizens, Guatemala is trying to crack down on its corrupt adoption business

Gay adoption: A new take on the American familyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 11:11:00

For 5-year-old Jackson Manford-Roach, Mother's Day means it's time to see his grandmothers.

Jolie files to adopt in Vietnamupdated: Fri Mar 02 2007 05:52:00

Angelina Jolie has filed papers to adopt a Vietnamese child, the country's top adoption official said Friday.

Your e-mails: When celebrities adoptupdated: Wed Oct 25 2006 11:35:00

Madonna is defending her recent adoption of a year-old child from Malawi, after human rights groups questioned how the adoption was handled. The international pop star says she just wants to give the child a good home, and that the media is doing a "great disservice" to all African orphans by pursuing negative stories.

Who benefits from celebrity adoptions?updated: Fri Oct 13 2006 12:42:00

The world's worst-kept secret was confirmed on Friday as Madonna flew out of Malawi after her nine-day "humanitarian mission" having apparently made arrangements to adopt a 13-month old boy.

Adoptive parents indicted in child starvation caseupdated: Thu May 06 2004 02:59:00

A New Jersey couple accused of starving their four adopted boys were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.

China adoptions suspension callupdated: Sat Apr 17 2004 01:11:00

U.S. federal disease experts have called for adoptions of children from one Chinese orphanage to be suspended because of a measles outbreak.

FSB: Fiddler on the Couch A leading maker of violins moonlights as a psychotherapist.updated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

BOB CHILDS, 51 Cambridge, Mass.

Money Magazine: Priceless That's how adoptive parents describe their children. But adoption is also a financial transaction. A look at the interupdated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

Alana West had had enough. West, an actress and set costumer, had spent years in infertility treatments and was on the brink of taking the next step, in vitro fertilization. But as she stood in the...


Roughly 13,500 American couples and single people will make a bold choice this year: They will become parents by means of intercountry adoption. About a third will adopt from China, another third f...


About five years ago Deboriah Pogue, now 45, an unmarried business analyst for IBM in White Plains, N.Y., became acutely aware that something was missing in her life--a baby. "I always knew I wante...


After a long drought, Congress is raining down tax breaks on Americans. According to CCH Inc., an Illinois publisher of tax materials, more than 650 tax changes were tucked into the minimum-wage, h...

Money Magazine: ADOPTION updated: Wed Feb 01 1989 00:01:00

''Where Have All the Babies Gone?'' (December) is a very thought-provoking story on our failed adoption system. ! It is important that your readers understand that adoption is a beautiful way to bu...

Money Magazine: Where Have All the Babies Gone? They're trapped in our failed adoption system, beyond the reach of couples who plead to give theupdated: Thu Dec 01 1988 00:01:00

On New Year's Day three years ago, Seymour Fenichel, a Manhattan lawyer, called Judy and Michael Vezzuto of Wantagh, N.Y. with fantastic news: the childless couple were about to get a baby. The law...

Fortune: Loss and foundupdated: Mon Nov 23 1987 00:01:00

What a difference time makes. When we last left Al Frank (''Mid-Life Success for a Laid-Back Stock Picker,'' FORTUNE, March 3, 1986), the guileless, overweight editor and publisher of the top-perfo...

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