Tag: Adoptions

In Ireland, Lifting a Veil of Prejudice Against Mixed-Race Children

While helping her mother work merchandise tables at some of Dublin’s most respected venues, Jess Kavanagh first got a taste for the music scene. When she started doing gigs herself — a petite singer with a belter of a voice — people would come up after to tell her she sounded “like a Black person,” […]

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Ireland Report on Mother and Baby Homes Reveals Abuse and Thousands of Deaths

But the atrocities did not just play out in Tuam. The 18 homes in Tuesday’s report spanned the country, from central Dublin to remote communities in the far northwest of Ireland and were run by different groups of Roman Catholic nuns. The report, which looked into reports of unethical vaccine trials, reports of abuse and […]

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Foster Care Was Always Tough. Covid-19 Made It Tougher.

The last step in the long journey to adopt a child through the foster care system is the courtroom finalization. Though mostly a formality, it’s traditionally provided an important opportunity for loved ones to gather and pose for pictures as a judge blesses the creation of a new “forever family” with a smack of the […]

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Pandemic Disrupts South Korean Adoptee Reunions, but Some Find a Way

When a taxi deposited Mallory Guy in front of an apartment building in Cheonan, South Korea, groggy and dazed after a 14-hour flight from Atlanta, a Korean couple was waiting for her on the sidewalk with open arms. It was the first time since she was 7 months old that Ms. Guy, 33, had been […]

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Amy Coney Barrett Raised Her Haitian Adoptions. Other Families and Children Were Listening.

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, a teenager named John Peter was playing basketball in the yard outside the small orphanage where he lived. He felt the earth bounce below him. He heard screams and watched a mushroom cloud of dust rising over the walls. Two weeks later, he and 18 other children […]

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An Earthquake, an Orphanage, and New Beginnings for Haitian Children in America

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, a teenager named John Peter was playing basketball in the yard outside the small orphanage where he lived. He felt the earth bounce below him. He heard screams and watched a mushroom cloud of dust rising over the walls. Two weeks later, he and 18 other children […]

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When the Forms Don’t Fit Your Family

I’ve already signed dozens of forms for my two children just three years into parenthood, and each one adds to my building frustration, pain and exhaustion. Every time, I start off my relationship with the institutions caring for my children feeling resentment, because of the carelessness behind a few simple words. Almost all of the […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Monogamous Birds of N.Y.C.’

Waiting Out the Storm Pigeons arrived on our fire escape, grooming one another. A couple. Affectionate. But they weren’t pigeons. There was something un-pigeonly about them. My wife called them “generic birds.” Search: “generic, monogamous birds of N.Y.C.” We discovered: “Morning doves!” No, actually: “Mourning doves,” named after their gray feathers and melancholy song. I […]

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