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Ethiopian adoptees in Nine Mile Falls learn their birth mother who has cancer, HIV is improbably alive

Adesalem and Kella Jelinek believed for years that their mother, who gave them up after contracting HIV and being diagnosed with uterine cancer, had died. Then, this spring, a nonprofit …


Nicole Chung finds new territory in adoption stories told through her own eyes as the adoptee

Nicole Chung asked her adoptive mother an important question when she was a child: “Mama, am I real Korean?”


Spokane Valley teen from India uses public platform to push for adoption

Skye Potter was adopted from India 16 years ago by a family who have worked hard to honor her cultural heritage. She’s now pushing families to consider adoption, amid dwindling …


Nicole Chung’s enlightening story on adoption takes center stage Tuesday with Northwest Passages at Bing

Every child wants to know where he or she belongs and it is a very different thing to feel like you belong when you don’t look like the rest of …


Shawn Vestal: For Spokane man, years of family mystery ended abruptly with DNA testing

Don Sullivan has seen this photo most of his life, though the woman was always a mystery to him. When he was a child, growing up in the Los Angeles …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Child Welfare Division undergoing ‘transformation’

Idaho’s Division of Child Welfare, which oversees child protection, foster care and adoptions, is responsible for one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – children who may have been abused …


Retired Humane Society volunteer photographs animals up for adoption

Star estimates she’s taken photos of thousands of dogs (along with a few cats and rabbits) up for adoption at the Humane Society.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 9 p.m.

Couple adopt, help boy, 9, address his behavioral health, skills

Three years, seven months and five days: That’s how long Kaine was in the foster care system, having been removed from his birth parents’ home by Child Protective Services at …


Feature creature: L.A.

LA is a great gal with lots of energy. LA enjoys playing with toys and is food motivated. She will need an active home that keeps her engaged and provides …


Review: ‘Instant Family’ takes smart, incredibly funny look at adoption

While the pace of “Instant Family” can be relentless, with the supporting cast and a whole lot of genuine authenticity, Anders hits that sweet-spot of hilarious and heartwarming, where the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 10 a.m.

Thousands of Canadian mothers were forced to give up their babies. Some were told to ‘get a puppy’ instead.

Their stories would not seem out of place in an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” – pregnant women shuttered away, violently restrained during childbirth, banned from looking at their babies …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Rally for Mally: After years of trying to adopt the dog he served with, Marine Nick Montez brings her home to a hero’s welcome

A reunion years in the making was finally completed this week as U.S. Marine Nick Montez brought home Mally, a bomb-sniffing dog he served with while in Afghanistan.


Chubbs the cat, internet sensation, is up for adoption. But so are other cute fat cats.

Chubbs, the 29-pound cat who has gained social media followers worldwide from his perch at the Pasadena Humane Society, is going home. But exactly whose home he’s going to has …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Focus on the Family president visits Coeur d’Alene ahead of pro-adoption event

Jim Daly, president of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, visited Coeur d’Alene on Thursday to promote the organization’s Wait No More adoption conference to be held in …


Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules

The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear …


Feature Creature: Tigger

Tigger is a very social dog but needs some training. He is strong and needs a strong handler to teach him proper manners. He would do best with a family …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Long-lost siblings plan to unite for Thanksgiving in Medical Lake

Carl Sontowski, of Medical Lake, thought most of his biological relatives had died. Then he got a phone call about a half-sister he never knew.


Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth Chapman: End of adoption credit would be devastating

Losing the adoption tax credit, a vital and practical approach to overcoming the financial cost that prohibits many families from adopting, would be catastrophic for thousands of American parents.


Police may have just found the body of a Texas toddler whose dad said she went missing after she was banished to alley

Police in Texas say they have “most likely” found the body of Sherin Mathews, the missing 3-year-old girl whose father claims he sent her alone into an alley when she …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Parvovirus scare averted, Humane Society pups get a good scrubbing

Giving 70 dogs a bath in one day is a surprisingly straightforward operation.


Visit to Thailand for sisters is poignant journey home

This is the story of a priest, an airman and a family in Spokane.


Medicaid crucial in lives of adopted kids with disabilities

After raising five biological children, the Betzers started serving as foster parents. (They fostered 43 children in all, according to a national award citation.) Eventually, they decided to adopt one …


SCRAPS sells kittens for half price during busy season

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has a cat problem. And they need your help.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

Washington state Legislature passes paid family leave measure

The Washington Legislature has approved a paid family leave program that offers workers paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or the serious medical condition of …


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Dean Davis: Finding My Father

At 16, Spokane photographer Dean Davis learned his biological father was not the man who raised him. The revelation led Davis on a 35-year quest to find his real father. …


For advocates of gay adoption, progress but also obstacles

Gays and lesbians have ever-expanding opportunities to adopt, and a strong likelihood of finding community support if they do so. Yet bias against prospective gay adoptive parents remains pervasive, whether …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under …


As number of adoptions drops, many U.S. agencies face strains

The overall number of U.S. adoptions has dropped significantly in recent years, straining the viability of many adoption agencies and drawing some into conduct that authorities describe as unethical.


Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do live reading of `Juno’

Ellen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in “Juno” during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood, according to Entertainment …


Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

Madonna was asked “uncomfortable questions” by a judge in Malawi during the pop star’s successful application to adopt more children from the southern African country, according to a court document …