Tag: Adoptions

Kindergartner Invites His Entire Class to His Adoption Hearing

The 5-year-old boy, wearing a blue vest and a maroon bow tie, sat on a swivel chair in front of a judge as his kindergarten classmates filled two rows of courtroom seats behind him. The students held rulers adorned with paper hearts — the theme being “love rules.” The boy, Michael Clark Jr., was one […]

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Adoption Groups Could Turn Away L.G.B.T. Families Under Proposed Rule

A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds. The proposal would have “enormous” effects and touch the lives of a large number of people, Denise Brogan-Kator, chief policy officer at Family Equality, an advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual […]

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Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

He offered each of the expecting mothers $10,000 to put their newborns up for adoption, siphoning off money for housing and health care after arranging for them to travel more than 5,000 miles from the Marshall Islands to the United States, prosecutors said. Then, after falsifying their residency records to enroll them in state health […]

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The Truth About Olivier Rousteing

Lately it is starting to seem a truth universally acknowledged that any fashion brand in possession of a good story must be in want of a documentary. Dior has one. So do Valentino, Vogue, Tiffany & Co., Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Dries Van Noten and Zac Posen (to name a few). Ferragamo is getting one. Ralph […]

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He Didn’t Abuse His Daughter. The State Took Her Anyway.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For the first five years of his daughter Amanda’s life, Ping N., a restaurant manager in Manhattan, lived with his little girl and her mother. He tucked her into bed at night and enjoyed spoiling her with her favorite […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘How Come You Rarely Told Me You Loved Me?’

Come Back, Cat! One morning the cat didn’t come back. We searched for Lionel most of a summer. We thought his tabby coloring was unique, but we later found his look-a-likes around the corner, at shelters, online. Each time our hearts soared. Lionel! He had been a needed gift for our youngest child. We never […]

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They Lost Custody. Should They Still Be Able to See Their Children?

Latoya Joyner, a state assemblywoman from the Bronx, said she was raised by a loving adoptive family after her biological parents lost custody of her. The same was true for Tracy L. VanVleck, the commissioner of human services in Seneca County. But that is where their similarities end. The women are on opposing sides in […]

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16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to ‘Go Back.’ Here Are Some of Their Stories.

July 19, 2019 “Go back to where you came from.” These seven words are seared into the minds of countless Americans — a reminder that they haven’t always been welcome in the country where they were born or naturalized because of their appearance, language or religion. For many, the pain of past encounters throbbed again […]

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Who Can Adopt These Navajo Children? A Tale of Two Mothers and a Bitter Constitutional Fight

FORT WORTH — The 3-year-old boy who could upend a 40-year-old law aimed at protecting Native American children barreled into the suburban living room, merrily defying his parents’ prediction that he might be shy. He had a thatch of night-black hair and dark eyes that glowed with mischievous curiosity. As he pumped a stranger’s hand […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Huge Investments in Maternal Health, Child Care and Education

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign on Wednesday introduced a proposal aimed at investing heavily in maternal and child health, adoption and in vitro fertilization, paid family leave and universal prekindergarten. The proposal, which Ms. Gillibrand called the “Family Bill of Rights,” continued her campaign’s focus on women and families. On Tuesday, she was among several […]

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I’m an Ethical Vegan. Can I Pay for a Client’s Carnivorous Meal?

As a business owner, I sometimes take customers out to lunch. But as an ethical vegan, I don’t want to subsidize the cruel meat and dairy industries. People seem to take my veganism as an affront to their lifestyle. Is there a way that I can, without losing customers, let them know that I just […]

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