WATCH: Teen mom behind viral video shares her pro-life message

WATCH: Teen mom behind viral video shares her pro-life message

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A teenage birth mom’s video message to her newborn son, whom she was placing for adoption, has gone viral years after her story first became public knowledge. Hannah Mongie, 19 at the time, shared her pro-life message to the world in a separate video that detailed why she chose life and how she was conflicted on whether or not to choose adoption.

Since that time, Mongie has been invited to talk shows, including The TODAY Show with Megan Kelly, where she and her son along with his adoptive parents, Brad and Emily Marsh, shared their beautiful story. By filming her message to her son, Mongie shared with the world all of the emotions that birth mothers go through when placing a child for adoption.

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‘There was no talk of abortion’: Celebrity hairstylist on placing son for adoption at age 18

‘There was no talk of abortion’: Celebrity hairstylist on placing son for adoption at age 18

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Celebrity hairstylist Justin Anderson, alum of the reality TV show “Very Cavallari” with Kristen Cavallari, recently opened up during a podcast about placing his son with an adoptive family in an open adoption when he was in college. Anderson, now 40, and his high school sweetheart Debbie, became pregnant during Anderson’s freshman year of college.

On the December 15th episode of the “Scissoring Isn’t A Thing” podcast, Anderson recalled, “When I went to college, she came to visit me one time… and she got pregnant. I come from one of those families that, obviously, the religious stuff, and her the same thing, so there’s no talk of abortion and all that kind of stuff — we’re going to have the baby.

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Police officer and his wife adopt toddler he rescued from abusive home

Police officer and his wife adopt toddler he rescued from abusive home

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Two and a half years after first saving a toddler from an abusive home, an Arizona police officer and his family adopted the little girl. Lieutenant Brian Zach was a patrol officer in Kingman, Arizona, at the time. He responded to a residence check in March 2018, where he found a toddler who was living in abusive home.

Zach told Good Morning America that during the check, he and the little girl, Kaila, “colored [and] snacked … she held my hand and she was just this cute little thing.” Detectives soon arrived at the scene and took Kaila to the hospital for her injuries.

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Forever families: Five of our favorite adoption stories of 2020

Forever families: Five of our favorite adoption stories of 2020

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More than 100,000 adoptions take place in the United States every year. In 2015, about half of those were adoptions through foster care. Whether through a private organization or through foster care, adoption is a gift that helps love and families grow. Here are five of our favorite adoption stories from 2020.

1. “I’m your dad forever”

Robert Carter and kids. Photo via Facebook.

Former foster child Robert Carter entered the foster care program when he was 12 years old, and was unable to see his siblings for years. Once he was emancipated, he was awarded custody of his younger brother and sister, but the experience in the foster care system, away from them, left its mark.

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Adopted Girl With Disabilities Makes 100 Hats for Premature Babies

Adopted Girl With Disabilities Makes 100 Hats for Premature Babies

When Ashley McKendrick had to take off work for two weeks after a coworker tested positive for the coronavirus, she decided to put her free time to good use.

The 23-year-old Gilbert, Arizona woman began making hats for premature babies, remembering how she herself had been born prematurely, the Arizona Republic reports.

Ashley, who has physical and mental disabilities, has made 100 hats so far, and she plans to continue her mission through March, according to the report. Her family said she also taught her siblings to make the hats so that they could help her.

Ashley has 23 siblings.

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Birth mother tells powerful story of open adoption: ‘For the first time, I felt seen’

Birth mother tells powerful story of open adoption: ‘For the first time, I felt seen’

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In a two-part Facebook post for Humans of New York, a woman shared her story of teenage pregnancy and open adoption, and how placing her son with another family brought her both pain and healing.

“I found out I was pregnant the day before my senior year, and my parents took me to an adoption lawyer so that we could learn about the process,” explained Missy. “She showed us a box full of folders and pictures from families hoping to adopt. I spent months looking through family profiles — but nothing felt right. I don’t even know what I was looking for.

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Dad Adopts Five Siblings to Keep Them All Together, Was the Only Foster Parent to Say Yes

Dad Adopts Five Siblings to Keep Them All Together, Was the Only Foster Parent to Say Yes

An Ohio man officially became a father of five after finalizing adoption of two girls and three boys at the end of October.  WBALTV reports that single foster dad Robert Carter adopted siblings Marionna, Makayla, Robert, Giovanni, and Kiontae in order to keep the children together as a family.

For Carter, the decision to foster and adopt came in part from his personal experience.  At age 12, Carter entered the foster care system and was separated from some of his younger siblings for years.  After being emancipated, Carter was reunited with a younger sister and brother by gaining custody and being appointed guardian.

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RECORD-BREAKING: Couple adopts and gives birth to baby frozen as an embryo for 28 years

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A couple in Tennessee has welcomed their second child through embryo adoption, and they broke a record in doing so. Baby Molly Everette spent an astounding 28 years as a frozen embryo, left-over from her biological parents’ IVF process.

Molly was born to her adoptive parents, Tina and Ben Gibson, on October 26, 2020, and holds the record as the longest-frozen embryo to ever be born, according to the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library. This is not the first child the Gibsons welcomed through embryo adoption; Molly’s full biological sister Emma Wren was adopted by the Gibsons in 2017 after being frozen for more than 24 years. 

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Debunking 7 of the most common myths about adoption

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According to AmericanAdoptions.com, about 40% of American adults have considered adopting a child, though many will never follow through. Myths and other challenges surrounding adoption often intimidate people, but knowing the truth and gaining understanding can open hearts and minds to witness the hope and love that adoption brings.

Myth #1: Adoption is only for those facing infertility.

Truth: One of the biggest myths surrounding adoption is that it’s only for couples who are struggling with infertility. While many people who are unable to have biological children choose to adopt, there are many others who adopt regardless of their fertility.

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Teen girl adopted after more than 10 years in 24 different foster homes

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A 17-year old Kentucky girl finally has a forever home, thanks to a loving foster mother who decided to adopt her. After 3,739 days in foster care, which included placements with 24 different families, Akyra Holstein was adopted by foster mom Katie Holstein in an emotional ceremony that took place over Zoom.

Katie always knew she wanted to be a mom, so she decided to become a foster parent in 2017. At first, she thought she would only take in young children. “I was scared, nervous, or just hesitant about taking in teenagers because you do hear a lot of horror stories,” she told PEOPLE Magazine.

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Experts: Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Is Christian Genocide Under the Pretext of War

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Under duress, Armenia signed a Russian-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan. The territory in turquoise, including the town of Shushi (in gray oval) was taken by Azeri military force in November and retained in the peace agreement of Nov. 10. Shushi has been part of the Armenian ‘cradle of Christianity’ for centuries; Armenia adopted Christianity even before Rome did.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Memories of the genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago are still fresh.

This article was originally published in The Daily Register. Click here to read the Original Article

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Family becomes party of 10 after adopting four siblings from foster care

Family becomes party of 10 after adopting four siblings from foster care

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The call to foster and adopt had been on Tabitha Goldsmith’s heart for over a decade when that dream finally became a reality. She and her husband Andy were parents to three boys, Elijah, Emery (who has Down syndrome), and Easton, and had just learned they were pregnant with their fourth son when they took in their first foster child. From there, their desire to foster grew.

Their first foster child was able to be reunited with her birth mother, and after giving birth to their fourth son Ezra, the Goldsmiths trusted that God had more plans for them to foster. It was two years later that Andy initiated the conversation to reopen their foster care license.

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Parents plan to adopt baby with Down syndrome after death of infant daughter with same condition

Parents plan to adopt baby with Down syndrome after death of infant daughter with same condition

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In October of 2019, Nick and Adelynn Stanton were excited to announce they were pregnant with their fourth child. Then in December, they learned the doctors had concerns about the baby’s heart. I January, they were told their baby girl had Down syndrome. Their reaction isn’t one society is used to seeing — it was one of “relief and joy.”

“Down Syndrome. Handicapped. Special needs. None of those terms will ever define our precious girl,” Adelynn wrote on Facebook on January 3, 2020. “Though we received the news today of her extra special chromosome, our sweet Piper Joy is so much more than a diagnosis.

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Father adopts five siblings from foster care: ‘I’m your dad forever’

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Foster care tends to be extremely misunderstood, with people often viewing foster children as “broken” or “damaged,” although this is far from true. The goal of foster care is reunification with biological parents whenever possible, but sometimes that isn’t an option. A former foster child has adopted five siblings from foster care, hoping to keep them from the same heartbreak he experienced as a child.

Robert Carter entered foster care when he was 12 years old and didn’t see his siblings for years. Eventually, once he was emancipated, he received custody of his younger brother and sister, but the experience had a long-term impact on him.

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National Adoption Month Devotional

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The Fall of each year serves as a reminder that the year is coming to an end, and we are headed into the busy holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times when families gather to share stories while making new memories. For my family, whether the elders pray or the children pray. Prayers are coveted by all who attend.

I remember visiting a foster home during November several days before Thanksgiving and teaching a child a prayer to say as they prepared for bed. I knelt beside the bed and waited for them to join me. After talking for a few minutes, I asked them to repeat after me…, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul, to keep.

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SHOCK: Preemie born at 23 weeks in Mexico discovered alive in morgue refrigerator

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A shocking UK Daily Mail article details how a micro-preemie born in Mexico was discovered to be alive six full hours after he was brought to the hospital’s morgue. The unnamed child was born on October 21st at just 23 weeks gestation at La Margarita hospital in the Mexican city of Puebla. The Daily Mail quoted the owner of the funeral home who arrived to pick up the child’s body from the hospital’s morgue:

When we arrived we realised it was crying and moving. The unnamed baby, said to have been born at 4.29am local time yesterday, is understood to have been rescued alive around 10am.

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Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett: ‘Adoption has enriched our family immeasurably’

United States Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a law professor at Notre Dame University who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is also a Catholic wife and mother to seven children, two of whom were adopted internationally and one who has Down syndrome. During her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked about her family’s journey with adoption.

“I’m curious if you would share with this committee and with the American people what led you and your husband to make the decision to adopt?” said Cruz. “It’s, I think, one of the most loving and compassionate decisions any family can make.”

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Foster Care: When Christ Shows Up

There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system nationwide. Approximately 4,200 in South Carolina where our private agency licenses foster parents. How does the church as a whole even begin to meet a need of a crisis of this magnitude?

The answer? The church steps up in obedience, not in our mortal sufficiency (but Christ’s) and NOT just as foster parents.

Children in Foster Care

In our area of South Carolina, we estimate that there are over 200 evangelical churches. At any given time, a deficit of 200 foster homes. If just one family from each of these churches fostered a child in foster care, there would be no waiting children in our area.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Battle Will Get Ugly, Pro-Life Americans Must Fight for Her

The Senate judiciary hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh was an appalling act of slander and defamation. An all-time low for the halls of Congress.

The battle to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court has already gotten ugly and unfortunately, it will likely get worse.

That’s why Life Issues Institute and the whole Susan B Anthony List family have put together a war chest at your disposal to help Judge Amy Barrett achieve confirmation.

And she certainly needs your help!

The knives and daggers have already come out from the Far Left in their “ends justify any means” approach to stopping this eminently qualified nominee.

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Coalition of Care: One Family’s Journey

Ben & Jessica are a married couple who attend Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2012, they heard their church was hosting a Foster Care Information Session. The church partnered with Coalition of Care, a nonprofit ministry serving as a bridge between local churches and vulnerable children in southwestern Ohio.

Coalition of Care Collaboration

When they attended the Info Session, they learned about the significant need for local foster parents. Also, about the challenges and the joys of fostering. As a follow-up to the Info Session, the Coalition of Care collaborated with a local private foster agency and with Crossroads Church to bring the 36-hour Ohio foster parent pre-service training to the church campus.

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Abortion survivor and adoptee Claire Culwell: ‘There is a reason that I survived’

Abortion survivor Claire Culwell was recently interviewed by Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose about her story of abortion survival, adoption, and forgiveness. Culwell had grown up knowing she was adopted. In her early 20s, she met her birth mother and learned that her story was much more shocking than she could have ever realized.

Culwell told Rose that both she and her adopted sister had always known of their adoptions, and felt it was a “really positive thing.” Their parents were missionaries and they spent time living in places like Mexico and Costa Rica as children. It was a life they loved.

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Court Stops Andrew Cuomo From Shutting Down Christian Adoption Agency

A federal court has stopped Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration from shutting down a Catholic adoption agency that wants to stand up for its Christian beliefs.

New Hope Family Services, a faith-based adoption provider, has been waging a long battle against the Cuomo administration because New York officials are seeking to shut down the provider simply for its religious beliefs about marriage.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services singled out the religious nonprofit for its policy prioritizing the placement of children it serves in homes with a married mother and father.

In November, at the request of Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing New Hope, the 2nd Circuit temporarily halted state officials from interrupting current adoption placements or mandating the closure of New Hope’s adoption program until the court had a chance to consider whether to reverse the federal district court’s decision.

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Despite my struggles after being adopted from an orphanage in China, I would not change a thing

Despite my struggles after being adopted from an orphanage in China, I would not change a thing

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this guest post are solely those of the author and are not necessarily reflective of Live Action or Live Action News.

I was born on October 28th, 2002, in China. I was immediately abandoned, and was found the next day at a train station in China with my umbilical cord still attached. While I obviously don’t remember these events, this is significant trauma for anyone to experience. The police sent me to an orphanage where I spent almost the first full year of my life in a crib, resulting in a flat head and impaired brain development.

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