Michigan lesbian couple is fighting to change adoption laws so their kids have same rights as other children
Shocking as it may sound, the seemingly endless federal bureaucracy can get confusing, especially when interpreting statutory procedure. When that happens, federal courts -- including the Supreme Court -- by precedent normally give the government the benefit of the doubt, what is called "administrative deference."
Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems.
A family torn apart by a law designed to keep Indian families together. CNN's George Howell reports.
For the first few moments of her life, Veronica was with her birth mother.
Biographer Walter Isaacson releases insightful recordings from his series of interviews with Steve Jobs.
A same-sex couple has been turned away at the Supreme Court in a cross-state dispute to have both of them officially listed as the parents of an adopted 5-year-old boy.
He was put up for adoption, dated Joan Baez and discovered a sister
A same-sex couple has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in a cross-state dispute over their efforts to have both of them officially listed as the parents of an adopted 5-year-old boy.
Becky Fawcett considers her infertility a blessing. But it wasn't always that way.
Becky Fawcett started Helpusadopt.org to provide financial assistance to adoptive parents.
Tina and Kenny Thomas filed their taxes in February and are still waiting for their refund.
A Florida father was found with the dead body of his adopted daughter in his truck and another severely ill child.
The same day that law enforcement records painted a grim picture of brutal, systemic abuse of 10-year-old Florida twins, one of whom was found dead in a plastic bag in her adoptive father's truck, the state child welfare agency released a report indicating that investigators had concluded there were "no safety threats" in the family's home.
The adoptive mother of a Florida girl found dead in a plastic bag in her husband's truck has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Saturday.
Florida's Department of Children and Families is under fire after a girl was found dead in a pickup truck.
A second person tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one was found dead and the other doused in dangerous chemicals, according to a child abuse hotline call released this week.
A therapist tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one of them was found dead and the other found doused in dangerous chemicals in a pest control truck on the side of a highway, according to a phone call released this week.
The state of Wisconsin is investigating a couple who were foster and adoptive parents there before moving to Oklahoma, where they face charges of child neglect and abuse in a case the sheriff calls the worst he has seen.
An independent panel has been asked to investigate the actions of Florida's child protection system in the case of 10-year-old twins, one of whom was found dead in the truck of her adoptive father while the other was rescued with life-threatening burns.
Police say a man admitted trying to kill himself and his adopted son. WSVN has more.
There were blood relatives in Houston who wanted to adopt.
It is a case so heart-wrenching that a key ruling referenced the biblical Solomon, who, a Missouri judge said, at least had the option to decree that the child be cut in half.
"It was one of the greatest surprises of my life," the talk show host says
The talk shown queen's father says he doesn't know, while Kitty Kelley believes it involves a previously unknown half sister
"We've tried to come together," the rocker says of Sarah Streeter, now in her 40s
A lesbian couple files paperwork to adopt a child after a court ruled Florida's gay adoption ban was unconstitutional.
A lesbian couple have applied to adopt a child after Florida's child advocacy agency announced it won't fight a court ruling that found the state's ban on such adoptions unconstitutional.
David Mayer and Keith Kennard's family is a modern-day Brady Bunch, with a twist. David, 43, has three sons and a daughter. His partner, Keith, 47, has three boys of his own. Together they are two gay men raising seven children.
There's debate over Sandra Bullock's adoption of an African-American child from New Orleans.
It was supposed to be just a picture of a happy new mother showing off her beautiful adopted son.
CNN's Ivan Watson talks to the cab driver who received the boy involved in a U.S.-Russia adoption scandal.
Arthur Lookyanov is a man of small stature who taught himself to speak carefully enunciated English.
By all appearances, Torry Hansen returned her 7-year-old adopted son to Russia like a pair of pants that didn't fit. As a result, Russia is considering closing adoptions to American families.
Melissa Fay Greene woke up at night crying and wondering if she had "ruined our life."
Russia says all U.S. adoptions from the country are on hold until further notice. HLN's Richard Lui reports.
Melissa Fay Greene woke up at night crying and wondering if she had "ruined our life."
CNN's Emily Chang reports on a Chinese baby born with a birth defect her family chose not to treat.
A newborn whose future gripped the Chinese media had surgery Saturday to correct a life-threatening birth defect and was in intensive care, a family spokeswoman said.
She is being called "Baby Hope." The newborn girl was born in Tianjin on January 13 with a severe birth defect her parents decided not to treat. By the time children's rights activists found her, Baby Hope was extremely dehydrated and malnourished in a local hospice.
Foreign governments should urgently accept Haitian orphans on humanitarian grounds following this week's devastating earthquake, an orphanage director in Haiti and adoptive parents said Friday.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports from Haiti on the plight of the country's orphaned children.
A leading international children's charity has warned that Elton John's desire to adopt a 14-month-old baby boy could lead to more children being abandoned.
Uruguay became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex couples to adopt children after the Senate voted to approve a bill modifying the country's adoption statute.
His father and uncle fall to the ground, crying uncontrollably. After 11 years of not knowing, relief of finding a child they thought had been lost forever pours out of them.
Uruguay drew one step closer to becoming the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex couples to adopt children with the passage of a bill by the lower house of Congress.
Wendy Duren thought she did everything right.
For years, Candace Eloph searched for her half-brother, who was given up for adoption in 1977. She found him -- living across the street.
A Louisiana woman discovers her adopted brother lives across the street. CNN affiliate KTBS reports.
At a foster home on the outskirts of Beijing, 13 special-needs children are waiting to be adopted. Our crew walked in as they were waking up from their afternoon nap, with sleepy eyes and little yawns that quickly turned into smiles.
Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge. Martin Geissler with ITN reports.
A judge who barred Madonna's second adoption from Malawi on Friday said she had "a gripping temptation" to approve the adoption, but decided doing so would open doors to child trafficking, court records show.
Malawi's decision to reject pop star Madonna's adoption of a local child has reignited global debate about the ethics of international adoption.
Malawians are rallying behind Madonna as she awaits a ruling Friday on whether she can adopt a girl from the southern African nation.
Pop star Madonna and her adopted son met with the young boy's biological father in Malawi as the singer awaited a court decision on whether she could adopt a girl from the same country, her publicist said Tuesday.
Sources say the singer will be in court next week to start the process
Their paths crossed on YouTube on an August night last year.
Authorities investigating the case of a boy who disappeared in Kansas almost a decade ago plan to search an undisclosed residence Wednesday, the Butler County sheriff said.
Authorities in Kansas are looking for a boy who disappeared about a decade ago, but was not reported missing until a few weeks ago.
Lark Previn, who had been ill for a decade, passed away on Christmas Day
CNN's Campbell Brown comments on a couple that adopted a child then lost it to a Native American tribe.
The first federal survey of both men and women on adoption, challenges some stereotypes and offers some surprising findings
Allie Mulvihill may seem like your typical American teenager, but she has something weighing on her mind that most 15-year-olds do not: deportation.
Imagine adopting a baby and then finding out that the child could be thrown out of the country. Zain Verjee reports.
A U.S. couple has been waiting 7 weeks to obtain a visa for a Vietnamese boy they adopted. CNN's Alina Cho reports.
The crib in Ellen Darcy's Boston home has sat empty for more than a year. And in suburban Washington, Laura Teresinski has prepared a nursery for a baby that may never arrive.
The law requires adoption in the U.S. to be color-blind, but a new study suggests that approach may be less than ideal
A new study shows that adopted kids are more likely to require mental health help as teens than non-adopted ones
The European Court of Human Rights has overturned French court rulings that prevented a single lesbian woman from adopting a child
Citing her emotional problems, a Dutch diplomat couple gave their adopted Korean daughter back to Hong Kong's social welfare bureau, sparking outrage in Asia and Europe
The United States on Wednesday joined an international treaty on adoptions -- a move that will protect both children and parents, and make the State Department a central registry tracking all adoptions coming in and out of the country, officials said.
For many years, Guatemala has been a place of relatively uncomplicated adoptions for American parents. The small country's government estimates as many as 17 babies leave each day for adoptive parents in the United States.
A raid on a Guatemalan adoption agency leaves the future of dozens of babies in limbo. CNN's Harris Whitbeck reports.
Under pressure from both the U.S. and its own citizens, Guatemala is trying to crack down on its corrupt adoption business
For 5-year-old Jackson Manford-Roach, Mother's Day means it's time to see his grandmothers.
Angelina Jolie has filed papers to adopt a Vietnamese child, the country's top adoption official said Friday.
Madonna is defending her recent adoption of a year-old child from Malawi, after human rights groups questioned how the adoption was handled. The international pop star says she just wants to give the child a good home, and that the media is doing a "great disservice" to all African orphans by pursuing negative stories.
A New Jersey couple accused of starving their four adopted boys were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.
U.S. federal disease experts have called for adoptions of children from one Chinese orphanage to be suspended because of a measles outbreak.
BOB CHILDS, 51 Cambridge, Mass.
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