(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Custody: The care, control, and maintenance of a child, which can be legally awarded by the court to an agency, in abuse and neglect cases, or to parents, in divorce, separation, and adoption proceedings. Child welfare departments retain legal custody and control over the major decisions for a... [more
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Children's Rights Files Motion Charging Governor of Tennessee and Commissioner of Department of Chil
In early November 2003, the independent Court Monitor issued a Compliance Report finding the Department of Children's Services (DCS) in full or partial non-compliance with 112 of 136 different provisions of the 2001 Settlement Agreement in Brian A. v. Sundquist. In a motion filed with the Court on... The Adoption Process, An Introduction
On September 24, 1999, I signed my name in Oakland County Court and became the proud father of a boy and girl, ages six and eight. The adoption process, which had consumed 11 months in Illinois and 28 months in Michigan, was finally complete. "That was worse than pregnancy and child birth."... Texas Foster Care and Adoption Programs - Certifications
Those families, which have successfully completed the TDFPS screening process and are able to meet the needs of the children in TDFPS custody, will be approved. Families wishing to provide adoption services will be approved to provide adoption services only. Families can also be approved to provide... International Adoption - China (Mainland)
DISCLAIMER: The information in this circular relating to the legal requirements of specific foreign countries is provided for general information only and may not be totally accurate in a particular case. Questions involving interpretation of specific foreign laws should be addressed to foreign...
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One Name to Unite Us?
October 25, 2013, 7:36 am
When I got divorced last year, it made sense for me to keep my married name. I got married during graduate school, so my entire post-education career had been conducted under that name. It was my daughters' last name and I had no intention to ask them to change it. It would be simpler to deal... Should You Foster if You Want to Adopt?
October 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
Should you foster if you really want to adopt? Some areas have thriving foster-to-adopt programs where you go through the foster care training and become licensed foster parents, but you are only called with placements of children who are already likely to be in need of an adoptive home. Either... The Face of a Birth Parent
November 17, 2013, 10:20 pm
Warning: This one is not for the kids.
Here is the story of someone I know, we'll call her "June". I don' t know her well, but oddly, I know these things about her:
June's parents split up when she was in grade school. Her mom had a lot of boyfriends through the years and when June was 13,...
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Drunk texts from bio...
March 3, 2014, 2:25 pm
Well a drunk text from Bee-bops dads girlfriend, who by the way is supposed to have nothing to do with Bee-bop right now. Her text said that I don't have Bee-Bops best interest at heart and that I am only in it for the money. Oh and she is going to tell the SW to remove Bee-bop from my care. Um,...
Utah/Colorado - Manzanares case
March 7, 2014, 7:57 am
I have mixed feelings about this outcome, because I understand the judges predicament and why he made the decision he did - it still leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. The concern is that it gives incentive to keep tying up a case in appeals, compounded by the sheer length of time for an appeal...
March 3, 2014, 8:23 pm
In NJ judges want to keep children with their parents as much as possible. This is for the sake of the child. Even if the parents or one parent has issues. The judge still gives the parent a chance to raise their children.
DYFS isn't one to take children, but to help the family stay together....
Does size matter?
March 4, 2014, 8:59 am
Say a young Mom with no transportation and multiple instances with CPS has her children in custody again. Does the amount of children she is suppose to be responsible for matter? Like say 5 children under the age of five with possibly one on the way? I guess my question is are her chances of RU...
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Hi, my name is Colette Latour. I'm looking for my brother given to adoption when he was two in Toronto. I've been looking for the past 40 years. I don't know if my brother knows he's adopted. I have... Mary Beth
I am 51 years old and have started searching for my daughter, Mary Beth, whom I gave up for adoption at birth in April of 1965.It all began in July of 1964, during my summer vacation. I was in love... My Heart is Broken
I'm 26 going on 27. I've shared my stories with clinics that are a blessing to young women in furthering their education and options. I've been pregnant 7 times, have had four beautiful girls, gave...
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