Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about his adopted niece and called for more intercountry adoptions of orphans around the world in a Friday video message. He did not address, though, some of the criticisms of the State Department for its role in the decline in intercountry adoptions.
"Every child needs and deserves to grow up, safe and sound, in a loving home," he said, "but sometimes that's not the kind of environment a child's biological parents can provide."
Kerry spoke about his own niece, "one of the most extraordinary young women I've ever known," who his sister adopted from China. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.
A pro-life license plate has been approved for use in the nation's capital and has been made available for drivers to purchase.
The "Choose Life" plate was made available for purchase on Wednesday by The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Choose Life plate, which has been approved in various states across the country, was submitted for consideration to the D.C. DMV by The Children First Foundation. more >>
After 15-year-old Florida orphan Davion Only was forced to make a plea to find an adoptive family, a woman who has adopted 20 of her 22 children, including seven of them as teenagers, is encouraging families considering adoption to adopt older children.
"No matter how old a child or youth is, he or she is never too old to need a family. Everyone needs a family for a lifetime, or as we say, 'Not just a family to grow up in, but a family to grow old in,'" noted Sue Badeau, a national adoption and fostering expert and Christian author in a release on Friday.
"Even the most competent, capable 18, 19 or 20 year old who is heading off to college and career still needs a family -- for advice, guidance, support, someone to be there for them in good times and bad, and later to be a grandparent to their own children," she added. more >>
Davion Only, a 15-year-old orphan boy who recently pleaded in front of a Florida church for a family to adopt him, has now had about 10,000 families from the United States and abroad seeking to adopt him, says the adoption agency handling his case.
The agency, Eckerd, has received about 5,000 requests by phone and 5,000 by email and most of them have asked to adopt Davion, the agency's chief quality officer, Ron Zychowski, told ABC News.
These inquiries, which have come from across the United States and other countries including Canada, India, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain and even Iran, have "overwhelmed" the agency, Zychowski said. more >>
A 15-year-old orphan boy who recently pleaded in front of a Florida church for a family to adopt him has received close to 1,000 phone calls from families seeking to give him a home.
Davion Navar Henry Only has lived in foster care for his entire life because his mother was in jail when he was born. She died earlier this year.
The teenager currently resides at the Eckerd's Carlton Manor residential group home in St. Petersburg, Fla. with 12 other teenage boys, and recently the young boy made a heartfelt plea at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, located in the same city. Davion reportedly stood up before the entire 300-plus person congregation and begged for a family to adopt him and give him a real home. more >>