Stories tagged: adoption
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017
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.
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
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.
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
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.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Visit to Thailand for sisters is poignant journey home
This is the story of a priest, an airman and a family in Spokane.
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6 a.m.
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. …
Sat., June 17, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 1, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Sat., March 18, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
300 wild horses in South Dakota need homes as deadline looms
Volunteers are scrambling to find homes for hundreds of wild horses in South Dakota that were spared a possible trip to the slaughterhouse but are now suffering through a harsh …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016
An adopted man tries to find his way back home in ‘Lion’
“Lion” is based on one of those stories that’s almost too incredible to be true. As a young boy growing up in a poor village in India during the 1980s, …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Christmas gift leads to finding adopted daughter’s Richland twin
A Wisconsin mother’s search for a Christmas gift for her adopted daughter has taken an unexpected Northwest twist.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
Families get new members on National Adoption Day in Spokane
About 20 families celebrated National Adoption Day at the Spokane County Courthouse on Friday. Families appeared before a judge to make the new members of their family official, then went …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016
Infertility, possible parenthood and ‘The Art of Waiting’
Before the years when friends embarked on starting families, we all assumed having babies would just happen. We look back now and think: Who knew this would be so much …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 7:24 p.m.
Court: Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids
New York’s highest court expanded the definition of parenthood Tuesday by ruling that former same-sex couples may seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or …
Fri., July 8, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
Foster parents lose appeals fight for American Indian girl
A California appeals court affirmed on Friday a lower court’s decision to remove a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry from her foster family of four years and reunite her …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 6 a.m.
New rule for foster-care, adoption cases requires judges to ask about tribal status
A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings – especially when there’s reason to …
Thu., May 5, 2016, 3:03 p.m.
Parker Subaru hosting pet adoption day
Parker Subaru is sponsoring a 5th annual pet adoption day at the dealership on May 15.
Thu., April 28, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Boy abandoned by mysterious parents
From our archives, 100 years ago
Thu., April 14, 2016, 8:58 a.m.
Wild horses tamed by 4-H Club members up for adoption
Wild horses tamed by 4-H Club members will be available for adoption this weekend in Boise.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Supreme Court voids Alabama ruling against lesbian adoption
The Supreme Court says Alabama’s top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother’s adoption of her partner’s children.
Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 7 p.m.
Birth dads still fighting for bigger role in adoption process
You don’t venture far into the world of adoption before you hear the word “triad.” Picture a triangle with the adoptee at one corner, adoptive parents at another and the …
Thu., April 2, 2015
Revealing sibling to adopted child complex decision
I have a young friend who is the adoptive mother of an 11-year-old, a child who came to her as an infant when the birth mother died. There was an …