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They Made Their Adoption Public, and Things Went Bad

YouTuber Myka Stauffer's decision to give up adopted boy has led to a massive backlash

(Newser) - In the bio for her YouTube channel , which has nearly 700,000 subscribers, Myka Stauffer describes herself as "a Mommy of 4 from Ohio and Married to My best friend." Unspoken is that until earlier this year, Stauffer and husband James had five children. The missing child is... More »

Boy Asks to Be Adopted, and Thousands Respond

'I hope one of y'all pick me,' says 9-year-old Jordan in Oklahoma

(Newser) - When a 9-year-old boy named Jordan was interviewed by station KFOR in Oklahoma, he had a simple request. "I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad, or just mom, or just dad. I don't really care," said Jordan, who has been in... More »

Sia: I'm Now a Grandmother at 44

Adopted son 'just had two babies,' singer says

(Newser) - Less than six weeks after revealing that she is a mother , singer Sia has disclosed that she is now also a grandmother. In an appearance on Zane Lowe's Apple Music show Tuesday, the 44-year-old Australian said the younger of the two teenage sons she adopted last year "just... More »

YouTuber Under Fire Over Decision on Adopted Son

Myka Stauffer and husband give up son they adopted with special needs

(Newser) - A popular YouTuber has revealed that she and her husband made the wrenching decision to give up the now 4-year-old boy they adopted in 2017 from China because his special needs—including autism—proved too overwhelming. And now Myka Stauffer is taking heavy criticism online, with hashtags such as cancelmykastauffer... More »

Sia's Big Reveal: She's a Mom of 2

Australian singer says she adopted teen boys last year

(Newser) - Sia is a woman of constant surprises , and she's got a new one for us. Per Us Weekly , the 44-year-old Australian singer (full name Sia Furler) appeared Tuesday on SiriusXM's The Morning Mash Up program , and when she was asked if she'd adopted a son, the famously... More »

'I Can't Lose Him': Adoption Hearing Happens on Zoom

The Wieneke family has their court hearing online

(Newser) - The Wienekes were already in love with 2-year-old Jaden when the pandemic hit. That meant Jaden couldn't have a courtroom adoption, but thanks to judges' creative thinking, the hearing happened on Zoom. "On the day of the adoption, we all called in," Arkansas resident Kimberly Wieneke tells... More »

Woman Sentenced for 'the Bottom, Bottom, Bottom Lowest Thing'

Michigan defendant faked pregnancy and took money from couples wanting a child

(Newser) - A Michigan woman who broke the hearts and emptied the wallets of couples eager to adopt babies was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday after acknowledging that she faked her own pregnancy and committed other acts of deception. There were no children to adopt, the AP reports. In one... More »

Shelter: We Have the 'World's Worst Cat'

Her name is Perdita, and 'she's just a jerk'

(Newser) - The “world's worst cat” is available for adoption—just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina, the AP reports. The shelter about 55 miles northeast of Asheville is waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat named Perdita off their hands.... More »

Charlize Theron on the Night Her Mom Killed Her Dad

It was self-defense, and 'I'm not ashamed to talk about it'

(Newser) - Charlize Theron is "not ashamed" to talk about the moment her mother killed her father because "the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any of it." In a wide-ranging interview with NPR , the actress recalls when, as a... More »

5-Year-Old's Entire Class Comes to Adoption Ceremony

There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom

(Newser) - Thursday was a very special day for 5-year-old Michael Clark Jr.—and he wanted his entire kindergarten class to witness it. The Michigan boy's classmates turned up and waved paper hearts on sticks during Michael's adoption ceremony in Grand Rapids, USA Today reports. There wasn't a... More »

Police Arrest Mom Who Allegedly Sold Baby for $2K

As well as the couple who allegedly purchased the baby

(Newser) - A sad story out of Kentucky, where three people were arrested Tuesday—one of them for allegedly selling her baby, and the other two for allegedly buying the infant. Officials at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., reported to police that a woman was giving away a child. When... More »

Arizona Official Accused of Adoption Fraud

Paul D. Petersen, Maricopa County’s assessor, allegedly flew women to US to give birth

(Newser) - Dozens of babies were fraudulently placed with adoptive families over a three- to four-year period, authorities say—and an Arizona elected official allegedly masterminded the scheme. Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen, who was indicted this week in three states on charges including human smuggling, sale of a child, money... More »

She Ran a 'Love Village' for Kids. Now, 20 Years in Prison

Li Yanxia, who adopted 118 children, was less loving mother, more fraudster, Chinese court found

(Newser) - A wealthy businesswoman who became known as the "Love Mother" in China for adopting more than 100 children has a new label now: convicted fraudster. The BBC reports that 54-year-old Li Yanxia (aka Li Lijuan) was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Hebei province after being found guilty... More »

Her Life Began in a Plastic Bag. Now, Hopes for a 'Wonderful' Life

Hundreds want to adopt Baby India, an abandoned newborn found in Ga. woods earlier this month

(Newser) - Baby India had an admittedly rough start to life, but the newborn abandoned in the Georgia woods earlier this month is doing well and now has lots of people hoping to make her their own. The director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services tells the New ... More »

Hoda Reveals New Addition to Today Show Viewers

Host, 54, adopts a second infant girl

(Newser) - Hoda Kotb had a personal announcement for viewers on Tuesday: She's adopted a newborn girl. "I can't imagine any of this is happening," the Today anchor said, per USA Today . Haley Joy, whom Kotb adopted in 2017, becomes big sister to Hope Catherine. Kotb, 54, described... More »

Deported After 40 Years in US, 'It's a Daily Struggle to Survive'

Adam Crapser's lawsuit highlights South Korean adoption woes

(Newser) - Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea , the country of his birth. Forcibly separated from his wife and children in America, he is isolated by language and culture, navigating alone a place he's been expelled to four decades after being sent to adoptive parents in Michigan... More »

They Thought They Were Adopting. Then, 'the Rug Was Pulled'

Fla. woman accused of promising her unborn child to 2 different couples, defrauding them of $19K

(Newser) - A couple thought they'd be adopting in the fall the baby Christina Bay was carrying, and they signed a contract in the spring and handed over nearly $15,000 to pay for the Florida woman's living arrangements in Daytona Beach during her pregnancy. The problem was, police say,... More »

Guilty Doctor Walks Free in 'Stolen Baby' Case

Ines Madrigal won her case, but couldn't get Eduardo Vela imprisoned

(Newser) - Fascism's shadow hung over Spain Monday as a former doctor was found guilty of stealing newborns for infertile couples—but still went unpunished, the BBC reports. A Madrid court ruled that gynecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had taken newborn Ines Madrigal from her biological mother in 1969 and gave her... More »

National Review Writer Describes Racist Attacks on His Multiracial Family

David French was first attacked from the left, now the right

(Newser) - David French, a veteran, evangelical Christian, and senior writer at the conservative National Review, is a white man with a black daughter, a little girl he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. When they first adopted her, they faced attacks from some on the left who claimed, among... More »

Irish PM: 126 Children Were 'Robbed of Their Identity'

Leo Varadkar apologizes for 'dark chapter' in his country's history

(Newser) - Prime Minister Leo Varadkar issued an official apology Wednesday on behalf of his country for "another dark chapter" in Ireland's history. The New York Times reports at least 126 children adopted there between 1946 and 1969 were told their adoptive parents were their birth parents, complete with altered... More »

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