Babies come into homes in many different ways, and Hollywood homes are no different. Some are born at home, some breathe their first gasp of air from the operating table, and some are born to one mother only to find a home with another. Celebs have traveled the world in search of babies to call their own. In honor of National Adoption Day today, here's a look at 19 celebs who have turned to adoption to help complete their families.
Sometimes, when we're super stressed and pulling out our hair, we may fantasize about returning to our child-free days. One couple in Ohio recently tried to make that day dream a reality. Cleveland and Lisa Cox tried to return the child they adopted nine years ago. Fed up with the boy's bad behavior, the couple tried to give him back to the county. Returning a child, however, is not as easy or innocent as returning a handbag.
To see what the court thinks of the family's actions and what their attorneys have to say, read the full story on The Stir.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has awarded a South Carolina couple custody of the 4-year-old Cherokee girl they adopted at birth, despite the fact that the biological father says the Indian Child Welfare Act mandates that the child be raised within the Cherokee Nation. The girl was put up for adoption by her birth mother before she was born, and Matt and Melanie Capobianco took custody of her shortly after her birth. However, Dusten Brown, the girl's biological father, has been fighting for years for custody because he wanted the girl to remain with the Native American tribe.
To read more about the fight over baby "Veronica" and the Supreme Court's decision, read the whole story on Huffington Post.
With a record of helping more than 2,000 children find families to adopt them, social worker Connie Going believes every child is adoptable. So after trying for 10 years to find 10-year-old Taylor Diaz a family to love him but coming up unsuccessful, she dropped him from her client list, went to court, and adopted him herself, Huffington Post reports.
To find out more about the moment Going realized she should be adopt Diaz herself, read the whole story on Huffington Post.
When a family has a pet that no longer fits with the family, they sometimes turn to online sites to try to "rehome" the pet and find it a new family to love it. But a Reuters investigation has found some parents are advertising their unwanted adopted children on Facebook and Yahoo! groups in the hopes of unloading them onto strangers without the hassle of going through the proper adoption channels, Gawker.com reports.
The message board Adopting-From-Disruption — which was shut down after a Reuters investigation — was featuring a child about once a week. About 70 percent of the kids advertised have been adopted from overseas from countries like Russia, China, Ethiopia, and the Ukraine.
A Facebook spokesperson initially defended a similar group, Way Stations of Love, to Reuters, explaining that "the Internet is a reflection of society, and people are using it for all kinds of communications and to tackle all sorts of problems, including very complicated issues such as this one," Gawker reports. But rehoming children with this process "circumvents safeguards" designed to protect children, as some children have endured severe abuse.
The adoption process can seem long and arduous at times. So in hopes of expediting the process of adopting a second child, a Maryland couple has purchased billboard advertising over a New Jersey turnpike that informs drivers that they are prospective parents. The couple, "Orna" and "Jay," already have one adopted son but found that adopting a second child is even more challenging, with birth mothers often seeking parents who have no children.
"We feel as a couple our goal is to market ourselves to as many people [as possible] to let them know there's an option for their 16-, 18-, 20-, or 25-year-old young woman who isn't ready to be a mom," Jay says. "What we hope to find is that one unique situation where someone picks up the phone or goes to our website and says, 'Hey I can give a great gift to this couple.'"
To find out why the couple chose the $2,000 per month New Jersey billboard site, read the whole story on The Huffington Post.
In what sounds like an unorthodox adoption program, a popular Pakistani television host has been giving away babies live on air in an effort to boost his show's ratings. According to Reuters, Aamir Liaquat Hussain usually gives away prizes like motorbikes, mobile phones, and land deeds to audience members who correctly answer questions about Islam. But at the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, he kicked things up a notch and presented two families with babies.
"If we didn't find this baby, a cat or a dog would have eaten it," Hussain explained. The abandoned babies were rescued by Chhipa Welfare Association, a Pakistani aid organization that scours garbage dumps and other sites for discarded newborns. The association also says it properly vets families through normal adoption procedures before Hussain awards them a baby.
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Every state has a "Safe Haven" law, allowing parents to legally surrender their infants to a police station, fire station, EMS personnel, or hospital after birth for a certain period of time, typically ranging from 5 to 30 days. By extending the period to 45 days, Gov. Nixon hopes to give parents more time to consider their options and protect the wellbeing of their babies.
Some women may not want to have an abortion, but they may not feel like they are equipped to raise a child, explains Terry Malesky of the Pregnancy Care Center. Thus, she and other workers in the childcare field are excited that the law now gives parents more time to ensure newborns are safe and loved.
"It's got to be hard for someone to say I'm at this point where I've just got to take this baby somewhere," Malesky says.
Welcoming a new child is a huge milestone, whether it's through birth, adoption, or otherwise. For couples in the process of adoption, there are special ways to let the world know about your new family member. Ahead, we've rounded up seven creative ideas to get the word out. Your belly might not be showing, but you have plenty of reason to celebrate. Check them out and let the congratulations begin!
When most people think about retirement, they dream of picking up a leisurely new hobby, traveling the globe, or spending more time with their families — but starting a new family of their own? The New York Times reports on the growing number of retired individuals or couples adopting children. Some of the families featured were empty nesters who had already had a "first round" of raising kids, some were taking over for family members who were unable to care for their own children, and still others were first-time parents.
"Children do far better in families than in institutional or temporary care," said Adam Pertman of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation. "These are competent, vetted people." The approval process for becoming an adoptive parent is a rigorous one, and the need for qualified families in the US is great. According to federal data, in 2011, more than 50,000 children were adopted with the aid of public child-welfare agencies, with more than 104,000 waiting to be adopted, the Times reported.
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