While progress has been made in finalizing some of the adoptions of Guatemalans adopted by American parents before intercountry adoptions were shut down in 2008, 19 children remain in orphanages waiting to join their families. A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Guatemalan ambassador, urging his government to allow those kids to be raised by their family.
"We believe that all children deserve to grow up in a supportive and loving home, and there are 19 adoption cases still unresolved," the Dec. 1 letter states.
The senators expressed appreciation for the fact that the number of outstanding adoption cases has been reduced from 61 cases over the past year but urged resolution for the remaining 19 cases. (The fact that the number of senators who signed the letter equals the number of unresolved adoption cases is a coincidence.) more >>
Luckily, Charlie was lucky enough to escape death several times in his life. It's a good thing that most cities have a central place for all animals that are abandoned can stay.
It is fortunate enough that they provide a place to stay for these beautiful creatures of God, but not every time can these shelters can receive the funding to keep all the animals alive. Regardless, there are always people out there who care enough to do all they can to save the animals. Dogs like Charlie usually don't last a week in these shelters unless they are adopted.
Charlie got very lucky to be selected. Watch and see how Charlie has a makeover before heading to his new family: more >>
An Asian American couple held in a Qatar jail for nearly a year after the death of one of their adopted children will return to their home in the United States today after being acquitted of murder charges.
Grace and Matt Huang, previously detained, tried and convicted for allegedly starving their adopted daughter Gloria, were cleared of those charges over the weekend. However, Qatar officials had continued to bar the Huangs from returning to the states as late as Monday. Officials lifted the travel ban this week after U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Smith filed a motion on the couple's behalf.
The Los Angeles couple moved to the Arabic nation in 2012 so that Matthew Huang could work with an international company constructing sites for the 2022 World Cup. Their lives were turned upside down when 8-year-old Gloria died in January 2013. more >>
Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.
It's a day to celebrate adopted families as well as raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care still looking for forever families every Saturday before Thanksgiving. It has helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000.
In courtrooms around the country, about 4,500 adoptions from foster care will be finalized Saturday, according to the Adoptions Together group. Last year, the same number of youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families as 400 cities participated in the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration. more >>
A family in West Virginia has adopted 29 children from around the world, including several with severe disabilities and illnesses.
Jeane and Paul Briggs already had five biological children when they decided to open their home to several children who desperately needed a home and people to love and care for them. At least one child is blind, another has Down syndrome, while yet another has a cleft palate. None of that has stopped the Briggs from going through with the adoptions from the United States and across the world.
Despite the circumstances, the family says that they are relying on God to provide for their family and cite their faith as the reason why they have taken in so many children. more >>
In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.
Examining God's command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, Matt Chandler urged married couples, "You've been designed by God physically, emotionally to have children. … God's big plan is for a man and woman to marry … and have children unless they're called to singleness."
Couples questioning God's design in their lives should consider their motives, he said. "I think the question I'd like to ask back [is] I want to know why you wouldn't want to have children. I think more often than not what gets revealed is a selfishness of heart or some kind of fear that's either rooted in an experience or not rooted in reality at all." more >>