"And step by step, You'll lead me / And I will follow You all of my days." – Rich Mullins, 'Sometimes by Step'
Busy young professionals in the Washington, DC area, Erik and Nikki Vonderhaar have radically altered their lives over the past three years — a process that led them to welcome a baby girl into their family through domestic infant adoption. The transformation happened day by day, as they took small steps that led to big changes.
With their daughter busy playing and sometimes pulling one of them away, the young couple shares in an exclusive Bound4LIFE interview on how they saw their way through practical details of paperwork and home preparation … once they refocused emotionally and spiritually. more >>
It appears to be a storybook ending for 72 adopted children after the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally granted them permission to live with their adoptive families in Europe and North America after the children were forced to wait two years for clearance to leave the country.
After the Congolese government suspended the issuance of exit permits to internationally adopted children in September 2013, effectively freezing international adoptions in the country, approximately 1,000 adoptive families became trapped within Congo's adoption system and have been anxiously waiting to finally take their adopted children home to live as happy families.
Last Monday, the Congolese government announced that it approved 72 adopted children for exit letters. The announcement marks the first action the government has taken since September 2013 to help alleviate the stress for some of these adoptive families. more >>
A rescued sun bear that was orphaned by poachers has been situated in a new recreational environment, courtesy of an Asia-based animal rights group.
Murphy, as the adorable bear is called, joyously plays about his new place, which bears (no pun intended) a strong resemblance to a child's playground.
According to Animals Asia, Murphy was initially destined for a far less pleasant fate following the death of his mother. more >>
To say that a former Planned Parenthood facility in Texas has been given new life would be an understatement.
A commercial property located in Bryan-College Station that once housed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is now the home of a healthcare facility, pregnancy center and a pro-life organization.
Last week Hope Pregnancy Centers celebrated the one year anniversary of its closing on the Bryan-College Station complex. more >>
Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, a gay man and his legally adopted son are seeking the right to nullify the adoption so they can get married.
Before the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the country, many same-sex couples who were looking for a way to be legally recognized as a family used the adoption process as an avenue to grant them family benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and lesser inheritance taxation.
In 2012, Pennsylvania resident Nino Esposito and his partner of over 42 years, Roland "Drew" Bosee, decided to go down the adoption route to seek some sort of legal validation for their relationship at a time when they believed same-sex marriage would never be legalized in their home state. more >>
Talk about a house-trained animal! One formerly homeless pit bull developed a unique talent while waiting to be adopted.
Named Rush, the pooch was recently found ragging about his sheet to make his bed, showing that, if nothing else, he is a proper and civilized creature.
While under the care of the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, Rush was filmed making his bed. more >>