The Boston Globe – TPR Series

I found this article moving and profound. The reporter clearly did an excellent job of presenting the nuances of terminating the parental rights of so-called chronically neglectful parents. Barbara's story is, sadly, typical of the families who are all too frequently involved in the child welfare system: often impoverished, with mental disabilities, inadequate parenting skills (or is that inadequate middle class parenting skills?), unstable employment, no family support and poor decisionmaking skills. She was clearly not abusive; even the social workers acknowledged ...

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Sperm Donor Introductions for Lesbian Couples and Single Women

Okay - close on the heels of Snowflake adoptions we have e-sperm "adoptions." This gives spam a whole new meaning. Be careful ladies when opening any unknown e-mails or you could get more than a virus or worm! Trojan horse comes to mind . . . Seriously now I'm not sure how I feel about this new business model in assisted reproduction. If, as they say, every sperm is sacred - or at least half as sacred as a frozen embryo - then new legal models will have to develop to address e-sperm babies. Or will they? Given the radical nature of internet dating, file sharing and now ...

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Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2002 Census Special Report

Check out this Census report on the number of adopted children and stepchildren. The numbers are surprising. Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000 - Census 2000 Special Report

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Welcome to the World of Blogging!

Welcome to the world's first adoption and child welfare law blog! A blog is a simple way to publish on the internet. Think of it as an online newspaper filled with rich content such as discussion threads, documents and links to other websites. You can even comment on my commentary (coming soon)! It is an exciting new format which is sweeping the internet. This site is still in a somewhat beta format so excuse any gliches. Any comments - just e-mail me at [email protected]

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