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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 »

5 Siblings Search for Long-Lost Brother via Facebook

And it looks like they may have found him

(Newser) - Five siblings may have found their long-lost older brother thanks to a Facebook post. Their mother, 72-year-old Geraldine "Jerri" Kramer, gave birth to a baby in 1963, when she was 19 and unwed, but the Indiana woman's parents and priest made her give the boy up for adoption.... More »

Sandra Bullock Adopts Another Child

This one is a little girl, Laila

(Newser) - Once again, Sandra Bullock is surprising the world via an exclusive People cover story. This time, it's a new daughter Bullock has revealed: Laila, a 3-year-old from Louisiana that Bullock adopted via the foster care system. "I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me... More »

Men Told They Can't Wed— Because They're Father and Son

Penn. couple trying to annul adoption they did strictly for legal purposes

(Newser) - Roland Bosee Jr., 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, have been inseparable since they first met in 1970. "You meet someone and it just clicks," Esposito told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last month. So with the SCOTUS decision over the summer to legalize gay marriage , the men looked forward to... More »

10-Year-Old: Change Law So I Can Be POTUS

10-year-old says foreign adoption shouldn't dash her presidential ambitions

(Newser) - Massachusetts is known for churning out its fair share of patriots, and Alena Mulhern is no exception. But when the Kingston 10-year-old first told her mom she hoped to be the president of the United States someday, Barbara Mulhern Caparell said, "Honey, unfortunately that's the only thing you... More »

Biological Sisters Separated as Embryos Reunite

'Instant connection,' say their dads

(Newser) - After Alison and Tom Benassi got pregnant via IVF, ultimately having their now 10-year-old daughter Jamie, they gave their unused embryos up for adoption. David and Rhonda Joseph adopted one and had their now 9-year-old daughter, Piper. The two little girls have now met—and Jamie's dad tells 6ABC... More »

Couple Cleared of Abuse Likely Won't Get Child Back

Criminal charges dropped, but adoption has already taken place

(Newser) - A young English couple cleared of child-abuse charges is unlikely to ever see their child again regardless, the Independent reports. Karissa Cox and Richard Carter took their six-week-old baby to the emergency room three years ago after finding it bleeding from the mouth. The couple was accused of child abuse,... More »

Woman Looks for Mom Who Left Hospital After Her Birth

Andrea Klug-Napier says she wants to thank her birth mom

(Newser) - Andrea Klug-Napier is making headlines for a second time now that she's on a mission to find her birth mom. Her story was first published in the Spokesman-Review in May 1987, just days after her April 30th birth. Her birth mother—who said she was 33, single, unemployed, and... More »

Couple Adopts Friend's 4 Daughters After She Dies

And suddenly, they're a family of 8

(Newser) - There's keeping a promise to a friend, and there's this: A couple in suburban Buffalo has adopted the four daughters of a friend who died of cancer, reports WKBW . “She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly... More »

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