Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal...
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — PATH North Dakota has one simple goal: to make a difference in families and youth in North Dakota. They do this through their foster care, adoption, independent living and...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious...
Audit questions $10 million in fund use by Oklahoma DHS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state audit questions the Oklahoma Department of Human Services' use of $10 million in federal funds to assist needy families with adoption expenses.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are working to become the latest state to ensure faith-based adoption agencies can refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a...
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man should be put to death for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he and the teen's mother...
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the appeal of a federal judge's ruling that the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional (all times local):
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel has advanced a bill that would allow faith-based orphanages and child-placement organizations to decline adoptions or foster care based on religious...
Wisconsin family grows through adoption
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Some would call it the power of faith.
On Dec. 29, the evening before her birthday, Gretchen Kingsley prayed over the photo of a young boy with Down syndrome who was...
NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A Macomb County woman has been indicted on fraud charges for an alleged scheme to collect money from couples who wanted to adopt children.
Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and...
Hagedorn focuses on adoption in first Supreme Court ad
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn unveiled the first television ad of the campaign on Tuesday, a spot highlighting his adoption of an opioid-addicted newborn...
New AG wants to settle lawsuit over same-sex adoption
DETROIT (AP) — Under new leadership, the Michigan attorney general's office is in talks to settle a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians.
A federal judge granted a 30-day timeout Thursday for negotiations between the American Civil Liberties Union and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
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AP Exclusive: Adoptee deported by US sues S. Korea, agency
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea, the country of his birth.
Forcibly separated from his wife, children and friends in America, he is isolated by language and culture, left alone to navigate this sprawling city he's been expelled to four decades after being sent to adoptive parents in Michigan at age 3.
ONLY ON AP: Adoptee deported by US to South Korea sues
Indiana residents face long wait for adoption records
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana residents who were adopted as children are waiting longer than expected to get access to previously closed adoption records, as one state agency struggles to handle thousands of requests.
Ohio launches adoption, foster care awareness campaign
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched a public awareness campaign to boost interest in foster care and adoption.
The announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine comes at a time when nearly 16,000 children are in the custody of Ohio county children services agencies.
The website created by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has information for both current and prospective foster and adoptive families.
Long-awaited: After difficult journey, adoption brings joy
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Laura and Kevin Strabley did not choose their daughter's name. It was given to her before they even knew that the blue-eyed baby had come into the world. They did not choose the circumstances of her birth, that she would be born to a drug-addicted mother the day before her father died from an overdose. That, too, was what they were given.
But they did choose Mia, whose name means "wished for child." It is a perfect name for such a long-awaited one.
Kansas court system granting employees paid parental leave
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas court system's employees will now receive six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
The Kansas Supreme Court issued an administrative order Friday covering the 1,600 judicial branch workers under its supervision.
Childhood mentor adopts 24-year-old Indiana woman
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 24-year-old woman who spent much of her childhood in nearly a dozen foster homes has been adopted by a former central Indiana school resource officer who she says has been a positive influence on her life since the sixth grade.
Adult adoption brings family closer during holidays
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — Jean Lubinsky never knew her biological father, but Bob Dube married her mom and became her dad when she was 5 years old.
He used to walk her to elementary school. They went fishing together. When she was a teenager, he taught her how to drive.
Even after Dube and Lubinsky's mother divorced, the two of them remained close.
He was there when she got married. She told him she was pregnant on one of their fishing trips. He was there for the birth of her first child.
6 years in prison for woman who had sex with adopted son
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for having sex with a 17-year-old boy she adopted.
Lauren Myres was sentenced Thursday and was given the designation of a sex offender. Earlier this month, she entered a no contest plea to a charge of sexual battery on a minor.
Authorities say the Fort Walton Beach, Florida woman had been a social services caseworker assigned to the boy. She later decided to foster the boy and adopted him.
LL Cool J, Gwen Stefani join in CBS foster-adoption special
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J is host of a TV special that has long spotlighted adoption for kids in foster care.
CBS' "A Home for the Holidays" is marking its 20th year of sharing stories about children who found or need permanent homes.
Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham will perform on the program airing at 8 p.m. Eastern on December 21. A tree-lighting ceremony with a performance by Andy Grammer is part of the special, CBS said Monday.
Kansas offers paid leave to more than 17K state employees
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Outgoing Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed an executive order giving paid parental leave to more than 17,000 government employees.
Mark Wahlberg’s movie with a message
23 child adoptions finalized at Rhode Island celebration
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Residents across Rhode Island have gathered to celebrate the placement of 23 children with new families as part of National Adoption Day.
More than 250 people attended Saturday's event at the Kent County Courthouse in Warwick. The adoptions of 23 children with 19 families were finalized by state Family Court officials, who called the celebration one of the happiest days in the Rhode Island court system.
National Adoption Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Separated by circumstance, sisters are reunited by science
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Soon after Christmas, one year apart, Barbara Dameron and Lundy Maxwell spat into tubes and mailed them to a genetic testing company.
Maxwell, who sent her test in February 2017, wanted to know more about her medical history. She thought she might learn more about half-siblings, connected by biological parents she had never met. She was adopted as an infant in Portsmouth in 1956, from a woman who said she could not take care of a baby.
Several Nebraska cities to celebrate National Adoption Day
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — National Adoption Day will be celebrated in several Nebraska cities this weekend.
The day is being recognized Saturday at county courthouses in Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk and Omaha. The day brings not only adoption finalization ceremonies, but family entertainment. At the Adams County Courthouse in Hastings, the event will include carnival-themed entertainment, cake and ice cream, a magic show and balloon making for children having their adoptions finalized.
‘Instant Family’ uses laughter to shine a light on adoption
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Wahlberg may be known for his tough-guy image thanks to movies including "Mile 22" and "The Departed," or for his straight-up comedic roles like in "Daddy's Home" and "Ted," but he tugs at the heartstrings in his latest movie, "Instant Family."
Out Friday, "Instant Family" stars Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a married couple who adopt three siblings, the oldest of whom is a teenager.
Kelly hopes to thwart Kansas adoption law seen as anti-LGBT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor-elect said Thursday that she will look to block enforcement of a new adoption law that she and LGBT-rights activists consider discriminatory, a sharp break with the state's two previous conservative Republican governors.
Louisiana boosts the number of foster children adoptions
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has broken its record for adoptions of children from foster care.
The Department of Children and Family Services said 912 children in foster care were adopted by 631 families in the federal budget year that ended Sept. 30. That's an 18 percent increase from the prior year, when 771 foster children were adopted by 548 families.
The state agency celebrated the latest numbers Thursday at its 20th annual adoption celebration in Baton Rouge.
State once again breaks record for most adoptions in year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Children and Families has again set a record for the most adoptions in a year, with more than 900 children finding permanent homes last year.
Citing a press release, the Advocate reports 912 children were adopted into permanent homes by 631 families from October 2017 through the end of September. That's up from the previous record of 771 foster children adopted by 548 families in 2017.
AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: "They want to steal my daughter!"
It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again.
Legal holes allow migrant kids’ adoption in US
Fort Wayne eyes paid parental leave policy for city workers
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's second-largest city is moving closer to granting up to three weeks of paid parental leave to its municipal employees.
The Fort Wayne City Council voted 8-1 this past week giving preliminary approval to a parental leave policy granting the leave time to city workers following the birth of a child or the adoption of a child under age 18.
Oregon adoptee’s DNA test leads to discovery of sister
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — On the night of March 23, 1984, a little boy was found crying on the steps outside the Yongsan Theatre in Seoul, South Korea. He was scooped up by the manager, a Mr. Hong, and reported to the local police station.
The boy was estimated to be about 2 and a half years old, given the name Hong Ki Hong after his rescuer, and quickly prepared to be placed for adoption.
Adopted daughter of retired Army officer set to be deported
LANSING, Kan. (AP) — The adopted daughter of a retired Army officer living in northeastern Kansas may soon be sent back to South Korea.
The Kansas City Star reports that on Friday, a federal judge in Kansas ruled in favor of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which seeks to deport Hyebin Schreiber, the legally adopted daughter of retired Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber of Lansing.
Court orders adoption records released to Michigan auditors
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Claims says state auditors can access confidential adoption records for their review of child placement programs.
Thursday's ruling should advance the auditors' delayed investigation into the performance of public and private agencies that provide foster care and adoption in Michigan.
Dem AG candidate: Adoption law discriminates against gays
DETROIT (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general said Thursday she probably wouldn't defend a law that allows faith-based groups to refuse serving same-sex couples who want to adopt children.
Dana Nessel, who is gay, told The Associated Press there's "no viable defense" to the 2015 law, which is being challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of same-sex couples.
Suit over Michigan gay couples denied adoptions can proceed
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit which says Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents.
U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said in an order issued Friday that the couples had successfully argued that the faith-based groups' religious screening practices harmed them.
Catholic charity group says it will end adoption services
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Catholic charity group in Buffalo says it will end foster care and adoption services next year over state regulations that bar discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo says it is phasing out the program because it cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Court dismisses challenge to Indian child welfare law
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to a law that gives preference to American Indian families in adoptions of Native children.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn't rule on the constitutionality of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
Rather, it dismissed the complaint from a Phoenix-based right-leaning think tank, the Goldwater Institute, saying it's moot.
AP Explains: Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adoptions of Russian children? Opposition research on Hillary Clinton?
President Donald Trump has for the first time acknowledged that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower...
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.