Tag: Adoption

All children deserve a home, pope says, encouraging adoption

All children deserve a home, pope says, encouraging adoption

With so many children in the world needing a good home and so many couples unable to have children, there must be a way to make adoption easier and less costly, Pope Francis said.

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Seeing the best at the worst of times

Seeing the best at the worst of times

| Christina Capecchi | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months before, when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special.

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Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

| Saadia Azim | July 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Theodore Kiro held 13-month-old Navya on her return to his family after they were separated for a week. The crying baby happily clung to Kiro, whom she knows as her grandfather.

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Bishops back bill to let agencies opt out of adoption for same-sex couples

Bishops back bill to let agencies opt out of adoption for same-sex couples

| April 10, 2017 | 4 Comments

Three bishops, in a joint letter to the measure’s sponsor, voiced their support of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would permit social service agencies to refuse on religious grounds to provide adoption or foster services for households headed by same-sex couples.

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Cardinal Nichols apologizes to unmarried women coerced to give up babies

Cardinal Nichols apologizes to unmarried women coerced to give up babies

| Simon Caldwell | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

An English cardinal has apologized for the “hurt caused” to young unmarried mothers pressured by church agencies in the mid-20th century to surrender their children for adoption.

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Medina family adopts children with special needs from China

Medina family adopts children with special needs from China

| October 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

14 and counting

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Adoption vs. surrogacy

Adoption vs. surrogacy

| Bridget Ryder | October 7, 2016 | 6 Comments

As the discussion on surrogacy continues before a Minnesota state legislative commission studying the issue, the divide between the two sides becomes clearer, even as proponents of the practice try to normalize it.

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Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

| Saadia Azim | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the sisters continue to keep and care for abandoned, destitute and sick children, they have stopped putting children up for adoption. The nuns said they made the decision because new government rules were “contrary to our Christian values.”

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Home of love multiplied

Home of love multiplied

| Christina Capecchi | March 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Gretchen Thibault will never forget the news footage 17 years ago that altered her family forever: a CBS News special showing a Romanian orphanage where malnourished toddlers were tied up in cribs.
“It was like, ‘Poof!’” she said. “Something changed. At that moment I realized I had a special spot in my heart that was just waiting to be used. It was filled with love.”

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Can a mother forget her child? Honoring birthmothers

Can a mother forget her child? Honoring birthmothers

| Gretchen Traylor | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Birth mothers, or “first mothers,” often experienced the loss of belonging during their unexpected pregnancies and relinquishment of children for adoption. They were hurt to the core by shame and isolation, being forced to deny the truth, and not allowed to grieve the loss of their children.

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Women honored for life-giving sacrifice

Women honored for life-giving sacrifice

| Gretchen Traylor for The Catholic Spirit | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

My lifelong dear friend, also known as my “other brother Mark (Claesgens),” and his sister and I grew up like siblings, as our adoptive parents were close friends.

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Adoption dream fulfilled

Adoption dream fulfilled

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kim Doyle had two desires in her life — to be a teacher and to adopt children.

“I never thought I’d ever be anything else but a teacher,” said Doyle, who has worked in education for more than three decades, 29 of those years as a school principal. She has been principal at St. Wenceslaus School in New Prague, which she attended herself, since 2007.

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