June 14, 2016 |
Joseph is a lovable 7-year-old who enjoys being cuddled, spoken to, sung to, and held. He responds well to musical toys and contrasting colors. Joseph benefits from being with other children. He does not get upset easily, but when he does, he can quickly be calmed or redirected. Joseph is slowly learning to speak. Nonambulatory, Joseph requires the assistance of his wheelchair, leg braces, hand splints, and body jacket to help him maintain his posture and standing abilities. Although his main source of nutrition is through a tube, he does receive some oral feeding, as well.
September 8, 2015 |
Despite his many physical challenges, Darnell is a happy 13-year-old. He enjoys being surrounded by people, and when someone says his name, he responds with a smile. Although he is unable to see the television screen, he likes listening to cartoons, and delights in singing and being sung to. When in his recreational swing, he smiles often and makes cooing sounds. Darnell receives physical, occupational, and speech therapy in his specialized school setting. He has a feeding tube and a tracheotomy tube, and will need lifelong care.
August 18, 2015 |
Joseph is a lovable 6-year-old who enjoys being cuddled, spoken to, sung to, and held. He responds well to musical toys and contrasting colors. Joseph benefits from being with other children. He does not get upset easily, but when he does he can quickly be calmed or redirected. Joseph is slowly learning to speak. Non-ambulatory, Joseph requires the assistance of his wheelchair, leg braces, hand splints, and body jacket to help him maintain his posture and standing ability. Although his main source of nutrition is through a tube, he does receive some oral feeding, as well.
April 21, 2015 |
Suzie likes to have her long hair styled into Pippi Longstocking-style pigtail braids. But if someone is reading to her, she'd much rather hear a Dr. Seuss story than one about the spunky redhead. A petite, fun-loving 13-year-old with big blue eyes and long eyelashes, she points to her favorite pictures and tries to verbalize the words. Classified as multiply disabled, Suzie attends a specialized school, where she receives services to meet her physical, behavioral, therapeutic, and educational needs.
March 19, 2015 |
You can parse a pregnancy into trimesters, divide labor into stages. You can figure that after nine months of gestation, give or take a few days, you will hold a squirming infant in your arms. But adoption, Rachel says, meant a journey with no timetable. Neither she nor Rob felt attached to the idea of a biological child; in fact, Rachel and a friend had always half-joked that if they reached age 35 and didn't have kids, they'd just adopt. "But I did have a vision of how the process [of parenthood]
May 29, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed the New Jersey Adoptees' Birthright Bill into law Tuesday in front of several adoptees and their families and other advocates who had championed the measure for more than three decades. The new law allows adoptees 18 and older to access their original birth certificates without court intervention and makes New Jersey the 10th state since 1995 to unseal adoptee records. Colorado's governor signed that state's bill into law Thursday, while Pennsylvania is reviewing a similar adoptee-access measure.
April 22, 2014 |
At 18, Douglas is handsome, athletic, and passionate about sports. He plays on his school's football and basketball teams, and he hopes to be a professional hoops star one day. He also enjoys softball and soccer and has participated in seasonal leagues in both sports. But his interests do not end there. He also likes stand-up comedy. "I laugh when something is funny," he says. Enrolled in 12th grade, Douglas receives special education services and benefits from the small class size and individual attention.
February 11, 2014 |
Mason, who will celebrate his second birthday next month, is an appealing toddler. His social worker describes him as pleasant and happy. Born prematurely, he is considered medically fragile. Although Mason is nonverbal, he is making some progress through speech therapy. He also benefits from occupational, physical, and feeding therapies, and his skills and abilities are improving daily. He is able to make eye contact, respond to sounds, and coo and babble. Mason is in a foster placement, where he receives all the care he requires.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal law does not require that a Native American girl be given back to her biological father but also does not clear her adoptive parents to immediately regain custody of the now 3-year-old child. In a resolution that one justice said could compound "the anguish this case has caused," justices voted 5-4 to send the case back to South Carolina to decide the final home for an adopted girl named Veronica. South Carolina courts originally said the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act - a federal law intended to keep Indian children from being taken from their homes and typically placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents - favored her living with her biological father, who took custody of her in 2011.
March 28, 2013 |
Sam Salotti, 19, woke up Tuesday to a Facebook message from a woman who said she was an editor with Russia's state-run Channel One. The channel was planning a show about Salotti's adoptive brother, Josh, 18, who returned to Russia late last year after a tumultuous stay with the Collegeville couple who adopted the pair six years ago. Josh Salotti, now going by the name Alexander Abnosov, sparked an uproar in Russia by accusing his and Sam's adoptive...