June 30, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Brigit Barry, 30, and Michael Cottone, 33, of Broomall THE CHILD: Vincent (Vin) Kai Barry-Cottone, adopted April 27, 2016 WHO PROPOSED TO WHOM: After three years of dating, Brigit said, "Let's go to the ring store. " The new house, the one on which they'd just closed, reeked of smoke. Water pooled in the basement. Firefighters had punched holes in the back in order to fight a smoldering blaze that began when a faulty heat lamp in the bathroom ignited fibers from stripped wallpaper.
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.
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.
April 17, 1995 |
GIVING AWAY SIMONE: A MEMOIR Jan L. Waldron Times Books / $22 While Jessica Lange and Halle Berry personify on the big screen the pain between mothers in a tug-of-war adoption, a real-life drama goes deeper into the effects on a family living a pattern of abandonment. The movie "Losing Isaiah" pits a successful white professional against a black former drug addict in a custody battle fought with lioness ferocity. In a contrast better than fiction, "Giving Away Simone," a memoir by free-lance writer Jan Waldron, paints a sad portrait of five generations of mothers giving up their daughters with an almost uncaring sense of defeat.
February 11, 2013 |
MOSCOW - After weeks of anxiety plodding through the opaque Russian legal system, two U.S. women have custody of their adopted Russian children and are preparing to take them home to start a new life together. Jeana Bonner of South Jordan, Utah, and Rebecca Preece of Nampa, Idaho, told the Associated Press on Saturday about the expenses, the confusion, and emotional swings they have gone through since arriving in Moscow in mid-January, expecting to quickly leave with their children, both of whom have Down syndrome.