June 14, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Some friends are in the process of adopting two children internationally. Early on, they had a garage sale with the proceeds going toward the adoption. I was excited for them and wanted to help. However, this was soon followed by more requests - for yard-sale donations, two more garage sales, the "opportunity" to buy expensive coffee online, a fundraising dinner and then a solicitation for me and others to provide a "virtual shower" of plane ticket money. Each time I am notified about another fundraiser, I feel less and less charitable.
July 22, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My best friend, "Zoe," is unable to have children. She tried in vitro four times without success. The doctors told her there's nothing else they can do. Her uterus is not able to carry a child to term. Zoe and her husband have decided to adopt. However, it is very expensive and all of their savings went toward the IVF treatments. Zoe's mom wants to have a benefit to raise money for them. I am against the idea because, in my opinion, benefits are given for something you don't choose (like cancer or a house fire)
February 18, 2003 |
Listen to Jacque Kenney Guinan's story of how she reluctantly gave up her son 34 years ago, and it is easy to understand why she battled depression for decades, and why she is no fan of adoption. The petite, soft-spoken 52-year-old was middle-class, unmarried, and pregnant at age 17 in 1969. Like hundreds of thousands of other young women of that time, she disappeared into a "home for unwed mothers" to bear - and then lose - her child. In the three decades between the end of World War II and the legalizing of abortion in 1973, adoption flourished in America as never before, or since.
October 1, 2000
Tell us about your family's experiences with adoption. What factors went into the decision? What did you do to prepare? Were you ready when it happened? How did you find out about your own adoption? What advice would you give to other families considering adoption? Send essays of 200 to 300 words by Oct. 16 to Voices/Adoption, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Send e-mail to email@example.com or faxes to 215-854-4483. Questions? Call Kevin Ferris, readers' editor, at 215-854-4543.
February 18, 1990 |
Adoption magazine, a new self-help publication aimed specifically at people seeking to adopt, is postponing its second issue until the beleaguered publishers redesign its format. Magazine co-founder Terry Ulick said last week that Adoption had experienced a problem that other publications might welcome. There was so much publicity surrounding the release of the first bi-monthly issue in November, Ulick said, that an initial printing of 50,000 copies sold out on many newsstands.
June 16, 2013
Stephen Berg is a stay-at-home father and blogger It was pure serendipity that we adopted our son from Cambodia. While working in human resources at Marshall Field & Co., I befriended an 80-year-old children's department employee named Annie Carr. Though deeply religious - a dyed-in-the-wool Catholic - Annie wanted nothing more than to see us boys have a baby. Scott and I were exploring an adoption from China. One afternoon I returned from lunch to a frantic and breathless voice mail from Annie: "Steve, I've found a baby for you and Scott.
February 19, 1987
I have followed every detail of Mary Beth Whitehead's ordeal with great sympathy as a new mother of a 9-month-old. But please, legislators, the resolution of this case must not be the end of the story. We must have laws to be sure a surrogate arrangement does not end in tragedy. At the very least, a surrogate mother should have the same right to change her mind as a mother considering adoption has. I do not believe anyone can decide absolutely, in advance of a birth, to give the child away.
December 20, 2005 |
IN EARLY August, my wife called me at work; she was crying. My chest tightened as I feared someone in the family was hurt. She composed herself and exclaimed, "They gave AbuBakarr a visa. " AbuBakarr is our adopted 8-year-old son, a war orphan from Sierra Leone. We had been waiting for a year and a half to bring him to the U.S. after we had completed the home study, law-enforcement clearance and gained INS approval, which added another year. (The Daily News had reported our difficulties in a piece by John Baer on Aug. 1.)
October 22, 1987 |
Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J., "adopted" Philadelphia's School District 8 last week in a business-education alliance formalized in ceremonies at Northeast High School at Cottman and Algon Avenues. In most such adoptions, the business forms an alliance with a single school. Ruth Ingebretsen, director of the Pennsylvania Region for Deborah, said in a telephone interview that the hospital was large enough to take on a number of schools. The adoption will provide District 8's schools with a variety of health- oriented programs, Ingebretsen said.
August 4, 1991 |
In 1982, Carol Hallenbeck of Wayne spent about $6,000 to launch a publishing company, Our Child Press, specializing in adoption-related publications. Hallenbeck, a former community-health nurse who taught childbirth classes, used that money to produce 500 copies of her book, Our Child: Preparation for Parenting in Adoption - Instructor's Guide. It's for teaching infant-care classes to parents waiting to adopt children. "It's a very limited market, so I didn't even try to have someone else publish it," said Hallenbeck, 42, during a recent interview in her Wayne home, which also serves as her office.