Love Them Both: How to help a friend who is placing her child with an adoptive family

Love Them Both: How to help a friend who is placing her child with an adoptive family

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Facing an unplanned pregnancy and choosing life for a child is not the end of the story for any woman. It’s a new beginning. And for some women, the beginning of their motherhood story starts with choosing to place their baby with an adoptive family. It’s a selfless decision that requires a lot of strength and sacrifice —  and it can be heartbreaking. Here’s how you can help a woman you know who is placing her baby for adoption.

Listen. When a friend tells you she is planning to place her child with an adoptive family, she is going to need you to listen rather than tell her what you think about adoption.

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Pregnant American Idol contestant: ‘Being a mom shouldn’t stop you from your dreams’

Pregnant American Idol contestant: ‘Being a mom shouldn’t stop you from your dreams’

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Singer Haley Slaton auditioned for American Idol while she was over five months pregnant. She’s since given birth to her baby, but it’s not yet known how far she made it in the star-making reality show. It has also been revealed that while filming American Idol, Slaton met her now-husband who didn’t shy away from the fact that she was pregnant.

During the auditions, Slaton met Jordan Myles, who was also a contestant on the show. The tryouts were held in October; the couple married months later in December. “We got married pretty quick,” Slaton told the Gazette. “We just knew.

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God Prompts Young Mom to Reject Abortion, Now This Little Boy Has a Loving Family

God Prompts Young Mom to Reject Abortion, Now This Little Boy Has a Loving Family

Audrey Fontaine, homeless and alone, found support in unexpected places, first from a nurse who urged her not to abort her unborn baby and later from the couple who she chose to adopt her son.

The Dallas, Texas woman believes God used these people to help her choose life and get back on her feet, according to the women’s blog Amo Mama. And her son, now 2, is thriving with his adoptive family.

“I once thought my life was over, but God gave me a life inside of me, which gave me my life back,” Fontaine wrote at Love What Matters.

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Couple Adopts 6 Siblings to Keep Them Together: “They Need to be in the Same Home”

Couple Adopts 6 Siblings to Keep Them Together: “They Need to be in the Same Home”

A Minnesota family grew by six members in one day Wednesday when Ruby Celada and her husband, Armando Ayala, adopted five siblings and their cousin from foster care.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports the Leota, Minnesota family all wore matching T-shirts displaying the children’s names during their adoption hearing at the Minnehaha County Courthouse.

Celada, the children’s biological aunt, said she and her husband wanted to make sure the family stayed together. The siblings and their cousin, four boys and two girls, range in ages from 6 to 12, according to the report.

“We’re just happy that we’re able to do it, and they’re able to be in the same home,” she said.

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Leftists Set Up Summer Camp to Push Sex on 8-10 Year-Old Kids

Leftists Set Up Summer Camp to Push Sex on 8-10 Year-Old Kids

A sex education summer camp in Indianapolis will instruct elementary school children about condom usage, the “spectrum” of gender and sexual kinks, according to the camp’s event page.

Sexuality educator Ashley Robertson will host the weeklong camp from June 6 – 10 for third through fifth graders, according to the camp’s All Events page. All parents who plan to send their kids to the camp, which teaches a curriculum called “Our Whole Lives,” must attend an orientation on May 28 where they are required “to sign behavior agreements, enrollment paperwork, and waivers,” according to the event page.

“The Our Whole Lives curriculum offers a positive, affirming take on puberty, human sexuality, and social emotional skills without coercive abstinence-based strategies,” the page reads.

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Researchers estimate 5.2 million children orphaned during pandemic

Researchers estimate 5.2 million children orphaned during pandemic

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CLEVELAND (CNS) — An estimated 5.2 million children in 21 countries, including the United States, lost at least one parent, a custodial grandparent or a primary caregiver to COVID-19 during the first 20 months of the pandemic, social researchers and child well-being advocates said in a new study.

Notably, the researchers estimated that the number of children orphaned because of the pandemic nearly doubled during the six-month period ending Oct. 31, 2021, a period corresponding largely with the surge in the delta variant of the coronavirus.

The total number of orphaned children during the study period parallels the roughly 5 million COVID-19-caused deaths during the same time frame, the study said.

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‘It’s unreal’: Woman struggles with infertility, then learns she’s pregnant at 34 weeks

‘It’s unreal’: Woman struggles with infertility, then learns she’s pregnant at 34 weeks

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After going to urgent care due to stomach pains, an Illinois woman discovered she was 34 weeks pregnant, and gave birth to a baby boy. 

As the Daily Mail reported, it seems the news was quite an unexpected blessing, as Nicci Garlic and her husband Kelsie have been trying to have a baby for nearly a decade. The couple married in 2014 and tried unsuccessfully to have a child through in vitro fertilization treatments. After three years of trying to get pregnant, the couple assumed it would never happen for them. The couple then decided to become foster parents, eventually being paired with two brothers, and they hope to become their long-term guardians. 

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Single woman adopts student who lived in six different foster homes

Single woman adopts student who lived in six different foster homes

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The special bond formed between a woman and one of her students led to a forever family. Seven-year-old William had cycled through six families in foster care when he met Paige Bramlett, who had been hired as a behavioral specialist. She began working with William, who was in kindergarten, and their connection was immediate.

Bramlett was scheduled for three hours of one-on-one time with William each day, due to his struggles from being in foster care.

“He was very isolated because he didn’t know coping skills, and he really struggled,” she told Good Morning America. “Since I was one-on-one with him, a lot of our time was spent working on coping skills, behavioral skills, talking about how we behave in school, those types of things.

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6th Arkansas City Passes Pro-Life Resolution Declaring Unborn Babies “Have a Right to Life”

6th Arkansas City Passes Pro-Life Resolution Declaring Unborn Babies “Have a Right to Life”

On Monday night the City of Aubrey, Arkansas, passed a resolution affirming that the community is Pro-Life.

Aubrey joins a growing list of Pro-Life Cities and Counties in Arkansas.

Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch). This good law affirms that cities and counties can designate themselves as Pro-Life.

Act 392 also makes it clear that Pro-Life Communities can install signs or banners announcing that they are Pro-Life.

Since Act 392 was enacted over the summer, Arkansas has seen a rapid expansion of Pro-Life Cities and Counties across the state.

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Parents of four adopt daughter’s best friend and her younger sister

Parents of four adopt daughter’s best friend and her younger sister

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Lauren and Dave Sager are parents to four biological children — three boys and a girl — and when their daughter entered kindergarten, she became fast friends with one of her classmates. After learning that her new friend and her younger sister were in foster care and available to adopt, the couple decided to open their home and welcome the girls into their family.

“The day [the two girls] met, all I heard about was this friendship,” Lauren told WOTV. “And so we came to find out, getting to know this friend and her family, that she was a foster child and we started reaching out to the family and we had other friends that were friends with their kids.

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South Dakota family adopts foster daughter after successfully petitioning to change law

South Dakota family adopts foster daughter after successfully petitioning to change law

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When South Dakota couple Blake and Rachel Schmieg welcomed 18-year-old Sadie as a foster child, it didn’t take long before they knew they wanted to adopt her so that the young woman would always have a place she could call home. When they hit an unexpected roadblock that said their hopes for adult adoption weren’t legal, they didn’t let it stand in their way. Instead, the family advocated for change and got the law rewritten.

 

In an interview with Keloland, the couple explains how they got the call that Sadie, a senior in high school, needed someplace to live. Although the family had previously only fostered young children, they agreed to take Sadie in. 

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Couple Adopts Two Sets of Twins to Keep The Family Together: We’re “Spreading the Love”

Couple Adopts Two Sets of Twins to Keep The Family Together: We’re “Spreading the Love”

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Empty nest couple Karen and Tobias Thompson have a full house again.

The Cincinnati, Ohio couple sacrificed their time and opened up their home to adopt two sets of twins on Sept. 9 – biological half siblings who were separated in the foster system, Fox News reports.

Karen Thompson, 55, said caring for Wilnya and William, who are 14, and Shania and Sharleathea, who are 9, has been a challenge. But after raising seven children, she said she and her husband decided that they could be “spreading the love” to the twins, too.

“We had an empty house, an empty nest, and then we ended up with the four,” she told Fox News.

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WATCH: Viral adoption video shows emotional moment parents meet their baby boy

WATCH: Viral adoption video shows emotional moment parents meet their baby boy

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An adoption video shared on TikTok of the emotional reaction a couple had when they saw their baby boy for the first time has gone viral.

Shelby Henigman shared the video on her TikTok account to celebrate the six month anniversary of her son’s adoption. As Shelby and her husband, Cody, are shown walking down a hallway, text on the video reads, “Six months ago, we waited in a quiet hospital hallway as the most incredible woman we know welcomed our son into the world.”

Covering her face, Shelby is clearly overcome with emotion until a nurse appears, pushing the isolette which holds their son.

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EMOTIONAL VIDEO: Teenage foster child asks her former coach to adopt her

EMOTIONAL VIDEO: Teenage foster child asks her former coach to adopt her

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Youth sports coach Daniel Donaldson of Haleyville, Alabama, met a young girl named Alecia in 2019 when he became her coach and mentor. After he and his wife Tiffany learned that Alecia was in foster care and that she wanted to move in with them, they didn’t hesitate to step up. A temporary four-month custody period turned into an official foster care placement — and now an official adoption.

“Tiffany and I were both always raised that if you have the means to help, you help,” said Donaldson. “We believe the state of the world could greatly benefit from this mindset.

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Nashville couple adopts little girl with severe disabilities: ‘We are the luckiest parents’

Nashville couple adopts little girl with severe disabilities: ‘We are the luckiest parents’

A Nashville couple is sharing the story of how they came to adopt their daughter, who has severe disabilities. Folk and country singer-songwriter Sean McConnell has written for superstars like Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and others. He’s been nominated for a Grammy award for his song “Daughters,” which was performed by Little Big Town. But one of his greatest accomplishments is being a father.

In a profile by the Tennessean, McConnell and his wife, Mary Susan, shared the story of how they adopted their daughter internationally. They had decided to adopt from Ghana, a country in western Africa, but struggled over the notion of accepting a child with disabilities.

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Simone Biles, former foster child, becomes first woman to land a Yurchenko double pike vault

Simone Biles, former foster child, becomes first woman to land a Yurchenko double pike vault

Simone Biles, World Champion and Olympic gold medal gymnast, made history on May 22, 2021, when she became the first woman in history to land a Yurchenko double pike vault. The 24-year-old American gymnast competed at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday, landing the difficult move and walking away with the all-around title. Saturday also marked Biles’ first competition since October of 2019.

The Yurchenko double pike has a 6.6 difficulty score and required Biles to sprint down a runway, perform a roundoff onto a takeoff board, execute a back handspring with a half-twist onto a vault, double somersault off the vault, and land in a piked position.

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AMAZING: Woman has fostered 81 newborns over past three decades

AMAZING: Woman has fostered 81 newborns over past three decades

Linda Owens, a 78-year-old retired human resources manager from Hayward, California, has served as a foster mother to 81 infants over the last 34 years. “What I do comes from my heart for every fragile infant who needs a good start in life,” Owens said, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Her first foster baby came to her in 1987 from Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services in Northern California. Since then, she has taken in several newborns each year. Often, the infants have been exposed to drugs in their mothers’ wombs, so they remain with Owens under court orders until a judge determines they can be reunited with their parents or they are adopted.

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‘Meant to be’: Family fosters then adopts two girls with disabilities

‘Meant to be’: Family fosters then adopts two girls with disabilities

Juan and Judith Arguello always wanted five children. After having two biological children of their own, Mariano and Judith, the couple decided to work with the organization Toward Maximum Independence (TMI), which places children with disabilities with foster and forever families. Now the couple has adopted two daughters with developmental disabilities through that program, and hope to soon adopt a son.

In 2016, the couple began their foster care journey and took in Akilah, now 10. They fell in love with her right away, and were able to adopt her. Then, in 2018, they fostered Lily, age 14. Her adoption was finalized in 2020.

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Son with Down syndrome inspires parents to adopt three daughters with the condition

Son with Down syndrome inspires parents to adopt three daughters with the condition

For the McGarritys, adopting children with Down syndrome has felt like a calling, and a profound joy — so much so that they are parents of eight, including four children with Down syndrome.

Jeff and Sonia McGarrity met in Washington, D.C., in 2001. After the birth of their first two sons, Thomas and Sean, the couple had no indication during pregnancy that their third son would be any different. But after the midwife delivered their third child, Jeffrey, they learned that he had Down syndrome.

Many parents react to such news with shock, fear, or trepidation, but the couple took the news in stride.

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Woman abandoned as newborn ‘grateful’ her birth mother didn’t abort her

Woman abandoned as newborn ‘grateful’ her birth mother didn’t abort her

A woman abandoned on someone’s doorstep nearly 30 years ago is seeking answers from her mother.

Aniya Smith, who now lives in California, was found at the Riviera Parkway Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 11, 1992. It was cold and rainy when she was discovered at 5:30 in the morning by the woman living there. Police were called, and she was given the name Baby Jane Doe.

“It’s like an empty feeling that you feel,” Smith told First Coast News. “You just don’t know who you are.”

Now at age 29 and with two children of her own, Smith is trying to find out who her biological mother is and get answers.

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Viral TikTok shows how Safe Haven Baby Boxes save lives

Viral TikTok shows how Safe Haven Baby Boxes save lives

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A video showing how Safe Haven Baby Boxes work posted on TikTok has racked up nearly 20 million views. Monica Kelsey, who founded the non-profit, is a firefighter and paramedic who was abandoned as an infant. Through the Safe Haven Baby Boxes TikTok account, Kelsey has been sharing videos to spread awareness of not only the baby boxes themselves, but how they work as well.

Using a doll, Kelsey walked viewers through the process from beginning to end. A mother would approach the baby box, which is typically located at a safe location, like a fire department or hospital. “When a parent walks up to one of our Safe Haven Baby Boxes all they have to do is open the door, place their child inside, take the orange bag, shut the door and walk away,” she explained.

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Baby Noah spent 15 years frozen as an embryo before he was adopted

Baby Noah spent 15 years frozen as an embryo before he was adopted

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A couple in Florida has welcomed a baby boy in February whom they adopted as an embryo. Baby Noah had been frozen as an embryo for 15 years and was donated to an embryo adoption agency. He was then adopted by Amanda and Jeremy Lewand.

The couple had struggled with fertility issues and decided to adopt an embryo after four years of attempting to conceive. They are hoping to inspire other couples who are dealing with similar fertility struggles.

“It was all worth it,” said Amanda. “After going through infertility, we had longed for a child so bad.”

Unbeknownst to the couple, Noah had been waiting for them for 15 years.

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Adoption is an Alternative to the Hopelessness of Abortion

Adoption is an Alternative to the Hopelessness of Abortion

My co-worker surprised me one day by asking, “Did you see what’s on your cup?”

I turned the red paper cup around and looked at the wording imprinted on it. It stated, “Face it. Without adoption, Wendy’s wouldn’t be here.”

I knew it to be true. The founder of Wendy’s, the late Dave Thomas, had been adopted as a child. As an adult, after building a successful nationwide restaurant chain, he became a tireless advocate for adoption.

Think about it. Consider the jobs that would have been lost, the relationships that never would have formed. The people who would not have had Dave Thomas to look up to as a mentor and a business leader, were it not for adoption.

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