September 26, 1992 |
A judge on Friday ruled in favor of a 12-year-old boy who set a legal precedent by going to court to "divorce" the biological parents he said had mistreated and abandoned him. Circuit Judge Thomas S. Kirk told Gregory Kingsley that he was now formally adopted by his foster parents. "Gregory, you're the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russ at this moment," he said as people in the courtroom broke into applause. Gregory leaped to hug his new parents and four of his new siblings.
September 25, 1992 |
A 12-year-old boy went to court Thursday seeking a "divorce" from his parents. Gregory Kingsley sat in the courtroom with members of the foster family that he hopes to live with permanently. His mother, Rachel Kingsley, cried as she denied allegations that she abused, neglected and abandoned him for most of his life. In the past eight years, Gregory has lived with her for seven months.
September 15, 1992 |
Eighteen months ago, Mark and Stephanie had a baby. She was 16. He was 22. Over his objection, she gave the baby up for adoption. A San Diego couple, John and Peggy, became the guardians of little Michael, intending to adopt him. John and Peggy were even there in the delivery room with Stephanie, who had fled Arizona to get away from Mark--who is still there, working a factory night shift, swearing that he is making something of himself, that his drug problem is over and that he wants his son.
July 10, 1992 |
In a significant victory for children's rights advocates, a judge ruled Thursday that an 11-year-old boy can legally seek a "divorce" from his parents so he can be adopted by a foster family. Circuit Judge Thomas S. Kirk, acting in his capacity as a juvenile judge, said the boy identified only as Gregory K. has the same constitutional right to protect his fundamental interests in court as an adult.
June 28, 1992 |
The New York state Assembly passed a bill banning surrogate parenting for payment. The bill now goes to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who expressed support for it. If signed, New York would become the 18th state to prohibit the practice in some form. Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein said: "The bill makes a statement that in New York, we don't believe that children should be treated as commodities to be bought and sold."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1992 |
Hillary Clinton returned Thursday to the turf that gave her husband's presidential campaign an unlikely boost last year, shuttling into Orange County to spread her gospel of renewed family values, women's rights and support for children. The wife of presidential hopeful Bill Clinton talked with teen-agers at a Santa Ana high school and spoke at a $100-a-plate political fund-raiser, repeatedly stressing that she wants to be a "voice for children" in America.
April 7, 1992 |
Destini knows there isn't much time. At 7, she's aware of her mother's illness; she understands the word AIDS . When her mother dies, Destini and her 2-year-old sister Chassidy will have a new, adoptive family, she says. Their mother fears she won't find that family in time. As she fights the diseases that tax her depleted immune system, 25-year-old Tanya Shaw races against a frightening deadline.
February 13, 1992 |
In an attempt to do for children in the 1990s what the environmental movement did for the Earth in the 1970s, an unusually broad coalition of interest groups on Wednesday unveiled a "children's platform" of political issues for California's 7.8 million residents who are too young to vote.
January 10, 1992 |
The county's Juvenile Hall is so desperately overcrowded that it has become a "degrading, demeaning, dehumanizing setting" that abuses children's basic rights, a Superior Court judge said Thursday. In announcing a tentative ruling in a class-action lawsuit, Judge Robert J. O'Neill said chronic crowding at the hall threatens sanitary conditions, leads to assaults and undermines the hall's mission of rehabilitating wayward youngsters. Built to accommodate 219, the hall commonly holds 400.
December 1, 1991 |
Ryan Thomas, a boy who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and won a court fight for reinstatement in kindergarten, has died at the age of 10. The boy died on Thanksgiving Day in an ambulance en route from his Atascadero home to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. He had gained national attention in 1986 when his parents, Robin and Judy Thomas, won a federal court battle permitting him to attend Santa Rosa Road Elementary School in the Atascadero Unified School District.