A Chinese "baby hatch" in Guangzhou City has suspended work after parents overwhelmed the welfare center by abandoning more than 260 children suffering from various kinds of illnesses.
Xinhua news agency reported that the baby hatch, which is where parents can leave their children instead of abandoning them on the streets, was forced to suspend its services on Sunday after its resources were spread too thin by the 262 babies it received since it began operations in January.
"The number of babies we have received is much higher than in other parts of the country over the same period," said Guangzhou City Welfare Center Director Xu Jiu, who noted that there has been a shortage of rooms, quarantine facilities and other things necessary to care for the babies. more >>
A new Wendy's campaign will highlight the company's commitment to adoption.
The fast food chain began its initial advocacy work in this area after founder Dave Thomas, who was himself adopted, started the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992. The company has promoted adoption over the years through "a little bit of soft advertising," primarily by placing donation coin boxes at its registers.
With the arrival of Craig Bahner, an adoptive father and Wendy's chief marketing officer, the company now seeks to connect itself further with the mission of its foundation. more >>
The recent devotion of churches to caring for orphans has changed the lives of not only the children they saved, but the communities in which they serve and the churches themselves, panelists pointed out at a Wednesday event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. With 400,000 kids still in foster care in the United States, though, there is more work to be done.
When churches get engaged in the orphan care issue, it changes whole communities, explained Jason Weber, national director of foster care initiatives at the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
The outcomes of those who "age out" of foster care, or reach age 18 without being adopted by a family, are terrible, Weber said. They end up costing the government a lot of money in social services because of these poor outcomes. Weber cited an article by Bloomberg noting that the 20,000 to 25,000 kids who age out each year cost taxpayers almost eight billion dollars. The cost, therefore, of churches not getting involved in orphan care is "enormous," Weber reasoned. more >>
When Alana S. Newman attended a conference on family formation, she was shocked to find that surrogacy has become a "booming" market among gay couples.
"The event was overflowing with a shocking enthusiasm for motherlessness, and it served as an opportunity to promote the fertility industry's most lucrative package: egg donors plus surrogates, for gay male couples and single-dads-by-choice," said Newman of the Anonymous Us Project, an organization which focuses on the topic of "third party reproduction," while describing the event (sponsored by American Association for Adoption and Reproductive Technologies Attorneys) that took place in Charleston, S.C. more >>
Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on surrogacy, titled "Renting a Womb." Read Part 1 here.
Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the act of surrogacy in order to produce a baby should be considered unethical, says Scott B. Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University.
Surrogacy, Rae argued, diminishes a woman's role in procreation. The woman, he said, is reduced to a "baby breeder." more >>
Many "Downton Abbey" fans are familiar with the show's more dour storylines: death, abandonment and betrayal, but this season Juliann Fellowes is taking the show in a different direction.
In upcoming weeks fans will see a storyline that presents rather unique opportunities for one particular character. Stop here if you do not wish to know more.
As many already know, Lady Edith Crawley is excited about her job in London and the romance with Michael Gregson. They share a night together, a first for Edith, who is clearly torn about the status of being with a married man. more >>