Monica Mares, a 36-year-old Clovis, New Mexico, mother and her 19-year-old son, Caleb Peterson, whom she recently reunited with after she gave him up for adoption when she was just 16, are now fighting for the right to maintain their sexual relationship "just like the gays" after they were arrested and charged with incest.
Mares and Peterson could each face up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted, according to the Clovis News Journal. But her son believes if consenting gay adults are allowed to have sexual relationships without fear of the law, he and his mother should be allowed to live in peace as well.
"We are both consenting adults. If it comes down to it, it's just like the gays. As long as they're over 18 everything is fine. So I thought … I'm 19, she's and adult, I'm an adult, I can make my own decision. I never thought it would blow up like this. Honestly, if it wasn't that strong we would not be together," Peterson told the Daily Mail in a recent interview. more >>
Countless people are calling for the firing of NBC gymnastics announcer Al Trautwig who refused to call Simone Biles' mother and father her parents due to her adoption.
Simone's longtime Coach Aimee Boorman took to Twitter to reveal the gymnast's reaction.
Adoption is a powerful and emotionally potent act, for the birth parent(s), the child and the prospective parents. To place a child for adoption or embrace a child needing a home and family is an incredible act of sacrificial love. We need to foster an environment where people pursue adoption more and the public is educated about the beautiful stories that typify the adoption experience.
My parents shattered the myth of the unwanted child. I was conceived in rape. Many of my siblings came from desperately, but not hopelessly, broken situations. Each of us were loved like crazy — no matter our stories, no matter the world's expectations of our lives.
My amazing wife, Bethany, and I knew we wanted to adopt before we got married. It kind of runs in my blood. The private adoption of our youngest son amounted to about $13,000. We were blessed to get a tax refund that helped cover some of the costs, but we made many sacrifices to cover the rest. It wasn't easy but worth it all. more >>
I remember the night before my son was born. Only I wasn't there. I was in a prayer room.
I remember because it was a powerfully sweet night; later, I would write down every moment in a journal. I was leading prayer while my friend, Daphne, sang behind me with only a few people in the room. Like all of our prayer sets, I was praying for life.
My eyes were shut tight as I prayed, and in my mind I saw a gas station with rain coming down. Only the rain wasn't rain. The rain was hearts. more >>
What would it look like to go all in loving children? For Kelsey and Randy Bohlender, it meant raising four biological kids … then adopting six children, including two sets of twins. Yet the Bohlender family is not content to stop there.
Last fall, they launched Zoe's House Adoption Agency in a suburb of Kansas City — founded specifically to "offer expectant mothers guidance for life, with the mission of extending love."
And only last month the entire family traveled across the country to Los Angeles, assisting behind-the-scenes as more than 60,000 people came together for the Azusa Now stadium prayer gathering. more >>
Today we're going to talk numbers. My friend Randy Bohlender, who oversees an adoption agency, says questions about the costs of adoption are some of the most common their team receives. Adoption is costly. There are many reasons for this that I will not get into — but the bottom line is, valuable things cost something.
When we speak about adoption, we are literally speaking about lives. Many times these are lives that either would not even have a chance at life if not for adoption; or lives who would be tossed about from home to home, never finding a permanent family.
Yes, it is going to be costly. Redemption is costly. more >>