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5 Kids' 'Family Wanted' Ad Gets 'Insane' Response

Though Kansas promotion 'didn't sit well' with at least one local

(Newser) - Meet music lover Bradley, outdoor enthusiast Preston, hip-hop dancer Layla, Pokemon card collector Landon, and Olive, who mainly likes to be snuggled. These are the five siblings the Kansas City Star featured in its "Family Wanted" section on Saturday, and they're looking to all be adopted by the... More »

There's Been a Massive, Troubling Shift in US Adoption

Abrupt closure of one agency illustrates the problems

(Newser) - The adoption landscape is changing in the US, and one couple's heartbreaking story illustrates the effect that fact is having on would-be parents. Christa Trinler and Wayne Walrath were one of the more than 3,200 couples and individuals left in the lurch when the Independent Adoption Center (IAC)... More »

Firefighter Delivers Baby, Then Adopts Her

Marc Hadden says 'it was meant to be'

(Newser) - After their second child, Marc Hadden and his wife were left unable to have a third due to medical complications, and the adoption process was too expensive, CBS News reports. Then a 911 call in 2011 changed everything for the South Carolina firefighter and his family. According to Today , Hadden'... More »

Madonna: No, I'm Not Adopting More Kids

Multiple outlets reported she was in Malawi to apply to adopt 2 more

(Newser) - Scratch that: Outlets including the BBC and the AP reported that Madonna had applied to adopt two children in Malawi, but the Material Girl has since refuted those reports. "I am in Malawi to check on the children's hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi,... More »

The Force Was With 4-Year-Old at Her Adoption Ceremony

Zoe Pedicone's 'Star Wars'-themed event even had a judge dressed as Princess Leia

(Newser) - When 4-year-old Zoe Pedicone, whose bedroom is adorned with Star Wars paraphernalia, was asked for a guest list for her adoption ceremony, she named family, friends, and … Darth Vader. And thanks to her adoptive mom's efforts, the Sith lord was there Friday in a Wilmington, Del., courtroom, as... More »

3-Year-Old Boy Celebrates Adoption in Viral Photos

Thousands have shared pics of Michael taken by his new adoptive sister

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Arizona boy's celebration of his adoption is a hit on social media. The AP reports Dezhianna "Dae" Brown's Twitter post of photos of her adoptive brother Michael had over 55,000 retweets and nearly 140,000 likes by Friday morning. The little boy is now... More »

With Heavy Heart, She'll Soon See the Son She Gave Up

'I should have kept him even if we starved together'

(Newser) - "I have so much to tell him, especially how sorry I am," 61-year-old Kwon Pil-ju tells the New York Times . "But I am at a loss because I don't know English." In a matter of weeks, Kwon's son, 41-year-old Adam Crapser, will return to... More »

Man Adopted in US 37 Years Ago Being Deported to Strange Country

Adam Crapser's adoptive parents never got him US citizenship

(Newser) - A South Korean man flown to the US 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him, the AP reports. Adam Crapser is currently confined in an immigration detention center in Washington state... More »

People Still Don't Get That Adoptive Parents Are 'Real' Parents

As shown by the questions facing US gymnast Simone Biles

(Newser) - Adoption isn't a rare thing—approximately 135,000 kids are adopted every year in the US. So why is it still so hard for people to understand, Jenn Morson wonders in an opinion piece for the Washington Post . NBC Olympic announcer Al Trautwig is currently apologizing for a tweet... More »

NBC Announcer Sorry for Tweet About Biles' Parents

Al Trautwig said the gymnast's parents aren't her parents

(Newser) - NBC announcer Al Trautwig said Monday he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents, a declaration that angered advocates for adoption. Trautwig had been scolded by a woman on Twitter for not referring to Ron and Nellie Biles as... More »

City Demands Man Banish Newly Adopted Dog

Cops say Diggy is an illegal pit bull; shelter (and others) say he's a bulldog

(Newser) - Dan Tillery was so excited to adopt his pup, Diggy (nee Sir Wiggleton), who had spent 100 days in a Detroit shelter, that they made a music video and took a beaming photo together that went viral on social media. "We know this photo is going to break the... More »

Mother of 3 Gives Huge Gift to Dying Friend

Beth Laitkep needed someone to take in her 6 children

(Newser) - When Beth Laitkep's breast cancer spread to her brain and spine, doctors knew she didn't have much time. But what should be done with her six children? "She said to me, 'If a miracle doesn't happen and I don't make it, can you take... More »

Long-Lost Daughter Calls Mom After 83 Years

Eileen Wagner never expected to see her daughter again

(Newser) - Eileen Wagner kept a secret for over 80 years—and it was a big one. As a teenager living in a Green Bay suburb in 1932, she was raped by a boy, sent to a home for pregnant girls, and forced to give up the child for adoption. "In... More »

To Help Get Himself Adopted, Kid Makes Lemonade

'I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me'

(Newser) - Tristan Jacobson sold lemonade in front of his house Friday afternoon—a business venture undertaken by many a third-grader, but probably not for the same reason this third-grader did it. The Missouri 9-year-old was raising money to pay for his adoption, the Springfield News-Leader reports. Tristan has been living with... More »

96-Year-Old Welcomes New Daughter, 30

'The full life she helps me live, as my child, is the miracle'

(Newser) - When Bernice Dyck of Fresno, Calif., welcomed a new daughter in September, her friends showered her with "baby food" in the form of Red Lobster gift cards. It was just right for the 96-year-old and her adopted daughter, 30. Dyck's son, Rick, first met Chenda Kaub Chumb during... More »

SCOTUS Rules on Gay Adoption, Apple ... Batmobile

And other Supreme Court decisions on this busy Monday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her longtime partner's children, the AP reports. Before their breakup, one partner bore three children; the other formally adopted them in Georgia, which they were... More »

Adopted Girl Killed, Her Parents Convicted. What Happened?

Spaniards Rosario Porto, Alfonso Basterra had 'idyllic family'—until it shattered

(Newser) - In June 2001, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra traveled to China from their home in northern Spain to adopt a baby girl. Some 12 years later, authorities say, the couple—described variously as model parents and "two of the most selfish people I have met"—drugged and smothered... More »

What It's Like to Adopt a Baby Who's Going to Die

Family takes in infants with grim prognoses, loves them for as long as they can

(Newser) - When Cori Salchert and her husband Mark of Sheboygan, Wis., adopted a baby in 2012, it was under unusual circumstances. Biological parents to eight children already, Cori had spent years as a registered nurse and always loved caring for hospice patients as well as babies in maternity wards, she tells... More »

Adopted at 17, She Had Found Her Way Home

'One day, I'll fly away'

(Newser) - Lyric Esparza spent her first 17 years living in an abusive, drug-addicted family. When she was on the brink of adulthood, her high school principal and her husband—Toni and Juan Esparza—brought her into their family. In a Narratively piece titled "What it Feels Like To Be... More »

Family Seeks Long-Lost Triplets via Facebook

They were born March 9, 1972, in Kansas

(Newser) - Cynthia Bush says her parents were "appalled" when she became pregnant with triplets at 16 in 1971. They sent her from upstate New York to stay with an aunt in Kansas until she gave birth and adoptions were arranged through Catholic Charities. Bush eventually married the biological father of... More »

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