adoption

Adoption
7:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman

Lynne Hogan, left, accessed her birth records under a new state law.
Credit Courtesy of Lynne Hogan

Earlier this month KUOW introduced you to Lynne Hogan, 48, one of hundreds of Washington adoptees seeking information about their birth parents. A new law that took effect July 1 gave adoptees access to their birth records through the Washington State Department of Health.

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Adoption Law
4:51 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Second Try: Daughter Hopes Birth Mom Will Agree To Meet

Lynne Hogan has been on a quest to find her birth mother. She hopes Washington's new law giving adoptees access to their birth certificates.
Credit Courtesy of Lynne Hogan

Lynne Hogan has always wondered where she came from. She’s one of 540 adoptees who’ve requested a copy of their birth certificate under a new state law.

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Parenting
7:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four-and-a-half years Butler fostered her.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:43 pm

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

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Adoption
12:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rep. Orwall Talks Expanded Birth Record Access For Washington Adoptees

Des Moines Representative Tina Orwall helped craft the new law that allows all Washington State adoptees access to their original birth records.

Knowing your medical history and where your parents are from are things you might take for granted – unless you are adopted.

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Original Birth Certificate
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Washington State Expects Rush When Adoption Records Open

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Washington's state Department of Health is expecting a rush when an adoption law change takes effect on July 1.

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Helping China's Orphans
10:30 am
Thu May 1, 2014

'Wish You Happy Forever' With Jenny Bowen

Credit Jenny Bowen's book "Wish You Happy Forever."

In 1996 Jenny Bowen was in Los Angeles living a comfortable and, she said, not very meaningful existence.

Reading the New York Times one Saturday morning, she and her husband were disturbed by a photo of a little girl in a Chinese orphanage. Bowen’s determination to do something about what she’d seen would change her life, and ultimately the lives of orphans across China.

Bowen founded the organization Half the Sky to better the lives of orphan children living in China’s welfare institutions. Half the Sky operates programs for orphans from birth to adulthood.

All offer loving care, stimulation, education, all the kinds of things a child who lives in a family may have. The Chinese government has invited Half the Sky to train every child welfare worker in the country.

Jenny Bowen spoke at Town Hall Seattle on April 1. She is also the author of a book, "Wish You Happy Forever."

Adoption
3:13 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why Hana's Story Of Abuse May Not Be An Isolated Incident

Marcie Sillman talks to Slate contributor Kathryn Joyce about her investigative piece on Hana Williams, an adopted child from Ethiopia who died after suffering child abuse by her adopted parents, Larry and Carri Williams. One question still remains in the case: how she and her brother were subjected to so much abuse without any intervention.

Adoption Laws
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

How Do We Better Protect Adopted Children In Washington?

Rep. Mary Helen Roberts

Marcie Sillman talks with Rep. Mary Helen Roberts about  her plans to change Washington's adoption laws to better protect children from abuse. Her last bill died in committee, but she has plans to continue her efforts in the 2014 legislative session.

10:55 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Internet Sites Provide Gateway For "Private Re-Homing" Of Adopted Children

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An underground market for adopted children in America leads to many children ending up in abusive situations with no protection. Regretful parents offer their adopted children online with no agency oversight in a practice called "private re-homing."
REUTERS/Handout On the day her adoptive parents dropped her at the Eason trailer in Illinois, they snapped this picture inside the couple's kitchen. From left to right, Calvin Eason, Quita Puchalla and Nicole Eason.