A child-welfare worker came to pick up a second-grader. The school handed over the wrong student.

Fenit Nirappil and  Perry Stein . Feb. 11, 2020 The Washington Post   A D.C. elementary school mistakenly turned over the wrong ­second-grader to a child-welfare worker arranging a visit between a foster child and his father, city officials said Tuesday.   The director of the Child and Family Services Agency said the mix-up happened Jan. 31. … Continue reading A child-welfare worker came to pick up a second-grader. The school handed over the wrong student.

What I Spent to Adopt My Child

Three families share their adoption stories, illuminating the variety of choices — and costs — involved in the process. By David Dodge. Published Feb. 11, 2020. The New York Times   This piece is part of “The Price of Modern Parenting.” Read about the sandwich generation, caring for aging relatives and out-of-pocket expenses for preterm births. Each adoption process shares the same ultimate purpose: … Continue reading What I Spent to Adopt My Child

Apopka father made up story about 3-year-old daughter’s abduction after girl’s mother took her, police say

By TESS SHEETS ORLANDO SENTINEL |FEB 11, 2020 The father who claimed his 3-year-old daughter was snatched from their Apopka home Monday — the kidnappers getting away from him only after a highway chase across counties — actually made up the story after learning the girl’s mother had taken her while he was at work, … Continue reading Apopka father made up story about 3-year-old daughter’s abduction after girl’s mother took her, police say

N.J. pledges $6M to combat teen suicide in response to NJ.com investigation

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com New Jersey will spend $6 million on mental health training for school and college employees in response toan NJ Advance Media investigation of the state’s rising suicide rate among teens and young adults. The state will also form a working group of experts to develop mental … Continue reading N.J. pledges $6M to combat teen suicide in response to NJ.com investigation

Brooklyn Family Found Adopting Teen Costly, Challenging and, Ultimately, Joyous

With help from a New York City nonprofit, Joanne and Chris Wright are settling into life with their son By Anne Kadet Photographs by Anna Watts for The Wall Street Journal Feb. 4, 2020 10:00 am When Joanne Wright decided to adopt a teenage boy with her husband, Chris, she had zero qualms. “Chris had been … Continue reading Brooklyn Family Found Adopting Teen Costly, Challenging and, Ultimately, Joyous

They Were Trying To Adopt Kids From China. Then Came The Coronavirus.

"We have coats and clothes ready to go. We just need a little boy to fill them.” Tasneem Nashrulla.   Buzzfeed. Posted on February 6, 2020, at 4:49 p.m. Ruby Faith Cleveland’s new room in Georgia is ready for her. On one side of the wall is a board with her name in pink letters. Another … Continue reading They Were Trying To Adopt Kids From China. Then Came The Coronavirus.

Finland’s Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent

By Laurel Wamsley. NPR.  Feb. 5, 2020. People often ponder how the world might be different if more women were in political power. In Finland, where women lead the five parties in the coalition government, here's one change they're making: equal paid leave for both parents in a family. Finland's government, led by 34-year-old Prime … Continue reading Finland’s Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent