Because much of my research has focused on reforming intercountry adoption and most especially Guatemala, I opened Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda” cautiously. By the end of this captivating read, it is impossible to see Alvarado as anything but a strong and resilient woman who is determined to fight circumstances of poverty and oppression.
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.
Many of the historical problems with adoption came from the desire to keep it secret, to allow adoptive families to “pass” as traditional, biologically related families. Fully embracing openness is key to our efforts to keep improving adoption and placing further distance between its dark and coercive past and its hopeful future.
The holidays are upon us! Going home or getting together with relatives for the holidays is always a stressful time, but if your family members are the type who regularly protest outside the local Planned Parenthood, you know that this holiday is going to be a doozy. Read on, and bring some diplomacy and understanding to the table along with that pumpkin pie.
For many committed to intercountry adoption, it is unfortunate that since the year 2004 the practice has declined more than 50%. An important question is: what is happening? The answer is complex. To begin with, the unfortunate reality is that intercountry adoption has a mixed history.
The Herman Cain scandal gets bigger, and the HPV vaccine is proving less controversial for boys. Also, Amy Schalet explains how the best way to keep teens healthy is to accept that they have sex.
A provision tucked into the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act of 2011 would effectively end all American contributions to UNICEF.
Highlights from recent conversations with my five-year-old which show how many natural opportunities I have to shape what she knows and her opinions of the world.
In honor of African women forced into marriage, the current extreme hardships that women in Africa face (particularly with regards to female sexuality), and the incompetence of some American politicians so great that they try to mimic such horrific traditions as that shown in this video as much as possible.
How can a young person tell a parent about a possible pregnancy, and why might the possibility of that conversation be a good indicator a talk with a parent is needed anyway?