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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Parents of a dozen adopted children, seven with serious disabilities, have won a legal fight against state authorities to collect money owed to them over more than a decade for their family's care. After years of being shortchanged by social services without realizing the mistake, Donna and James Durando will receive $200,000 in back benefits due them.
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MAGAZINE
August 20, 2006 | Jamie Court
The clerk swept the hand-held scanner over our returns, negating each onesie, binky and bottle. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. . . . Soon, our $700 pile of baby gear would be piled high on the red shelves of Target's customer service department alongside other people's unwanted things. Beach balls. Shoes. Bad plaid. What had gone wrong? The birth mom was old enough to make up her mind; perhaps she knew all along that she would keep the twins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2006 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
WHEN I was growing up, the fact that my older brother had joined our family through adoption was known by all concerned but seldom discussed. Although not quite banned, the subject was considered inappropriate for polite conversation. We knew only that our parents had yearned for a child and been told they couldn't conceive. (The doctors were later proved wrong, four times over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Bonnie Hinrichs swears that Christa is the last one. The Lucerne Valley mother has helped raise 204 foster kids in need of emergency care and adopted two children over the last 15 years. On Friday afternoon, she expanded her family again, adopting 2-year-old Christa Lynn, whom Hinrichs has cared for since she was 10 weeks old. "When you take in a baby, you really can't get rid of 'em," said Hinrichs, 55. "You get attached."
NATIONAL
October 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who was attacked in an alleged attempt to steal her fetus had planned an adoption, and her newborn son is now with his adoptive parents, their attorney said in Pittsburgh. The boy was born by Caesarean section after the Oct. 12 attack on Valerie Lynn Oskin, 30. Her neighbor, Peggy Jo Conner, 38, has been jailed on charges of attempted homicide, kidnapping and aggravated assault on an unborn child.
OPINION
June 9, 2005
To paraphrase a particularly snappy Variety headline, "The Sith Has Hit the Fans," meaning the sixth and final "Star Wars" episode is going strong around the world, and the long-running saga is all over, except for the counting of the money. After three weeks at a theater near you, the movie had taken in more than $300 million in the U.S.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
A 6-month-old girl at the center of an interstate custody battle has been reunited with her biological mother after a judge ruled the adoption agency in Utah mishandled the paperwork. Carmen McDonald, 20, picked up the baby, Tamia, Thursday night at O'Hare International Airport. "It's the best moment in my life," McDonald said. McDonald had given up Tamia by signing away her parental rights in a Salt Lake City motel in December.
OPINION
December 2, 2004
The Nov. 28 Korean adoptee story, "Searching for Missing Pieces of a Painful Past," was well written, fairly presented, heart-rending. When I was an officer in Korea just after the war, our company of soldiers took in a dirty, wandering 6-year-old, and cleaned, fed and clothed him. When we had to move on, we took him to a Seventh-day Adventist orphanage, but he ran away. I still have his picture, little Pak Swee Lee, and wonder what happened to him. So I understand the situation. What is missing in Peter Roach's life is not money, but the healing richness of gratitude.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Children adopted overseas will receive citizenship papers within 45 days of their arrival in America, rather than waiting as long as 18 months, under new rules announced Tuesday that will remove a major bureaucratic hurdle for parents. Although the 2000 Child Citizenship Act made all foreign-born children U.S. citizens at the time of their adoptions, parents still had to submit an application for citizenship documents and wait many months for it to be processed.
OPINION
October 30, 2003 | Adam Pertman, Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, is author of "Adoption Nation" (Basic Books, 2000).
Once again, an adoption horror story is in the headlines. And, once again, we are learning less than we think we are. This time the spotlight is on New Jersey, where Raymond and Vanessa Jackson have been criminally charged with starving the four sons they adopted from the state's foster care system. The boys, now aged 8 to 19, evidently lived on pancake batter, peanut butter and plaster wallboard; the heaviest of them weighed less than 50 pounds when they were removed from their home Oct. 10.
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