The rest of you don’t cry every day? Oh, uh, me neither. But I did tear up at the trailer for “Mother and Child,” a film starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington, about how three women’s lives are affected by adoption. Karen gave a baby up for adoption at 14; Elizabeth grew up as an adopted child; and Lucy can’t get pregnant so she and her husband are trying to adopt. “Mother and Child” debuts in NYC and LA on May 7th and in theaters elsewhere after. Just the sob-worthy drama you need for your mama to see on Mother’s Day! [Sony] Keep reading »
Boy, when Sandra Bullock breaks her silence, she does it in a big way! In this week’s People magazine, Bullock not only discusses life since learning of her estranged husband’s alleged infidelities, she confirms she’s filed for divorce. But that isn’t even the biggest news. Her real bombshell is that she’s adopting a baby boy! She and Jesse started the adoption process four years ago and brought home the baby from New Orleans in January — before her Oscar win and before her marriage publicly broke up. She now plans to adopt as a single mom. Of her new son, whom she named Louis (pronounced Lew-ee) Bardo Bullock, she tells People magazine: “The first time I met Louis it was like the whole outside world got quiet. It was like he had always been a part of our lives.” Keep reading »
Gay-bashing can be tough work: just look at the trouble that the Florida Family Policy Council of Orlando, Florida, ran into while protesting a Miami judge’s decision to grant a lesbian couple the right to adopt a 1-year-old boy. Lesbians Vanessa Alenier and Melanie Leon (photo at right) have cared for the boy, the child of one of Alenier’s relatives, since he’d been removed from his birth parents by child welfare. And last month, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia ruled that a Florida state law banning the gay couple from adoption the boy was “unconstitutional,” effectively awarding them custody.
Judge Sampedro-Iglesia’s decision did not sit well with the scaremongers — they got right to work lambasting her “arrogant judicial activism” in an email alert. Unfortunately, the lesbian adoptee moms were far too femme, smiley and “straight”-looking to scare the bejeezus out of homophobes. So the FFPC (which is affiliated with Focus on the Family) did some creative illustration and cooked up a faux-lesbian duo of butch women who “look” a lot more like stereotypical lesbians (see photo left) to presumably scare everyone away from gay adoption. Because, you know, butch lesbians can’t be good parents!
We’ve all heard the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished” — and that’s proven to be true for 10 Americans who flew down to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Recently the Haitian government arrested a group of 10 Americans, most of whom are members of a Baptist congregation in Idaho, as they tried to take 33 children on a bus into the Dominican Republic. Members of the group say they were just trying to help. But Haiti has charged each American with kidnapping, which, if convicted, carries a possible sentence of five to 15 years in prison, and criminal association, which carries three to nine years.
Here is the best reason ever to not try to find your birth parents. Terry, a Wisconsin woman with a wild past, was contacted recently by Robert Matthews, a DJ in Los Angeles who was adopted and wanted to find his biological parents. Terry was confirmed to have been his mother, and it seems like she was willing to give him as many answers as she could about his family history. But she was significantly tight-lipped about the identity of Robert’s father. After repeated requests from Robert, Terry finally told him. She was pretty sure Robert was conceived in California, in 1967, during a drugged-out orgy, where she was raped—by Charles Manson. Comparing photographs of the two men seems to dispel any hopes that Terry ID’d the wrong guy—they look identical. Robert did some soul-searching and finally decided to get in touch with Manson. He now sends Robert postcards signed with swastikas and other familial gestures, like the phone number to Manson’s prison, which Robert has never called. “He’s my biological father—I can’t help but have some kind of emotional connection. That’s the hardest thing of all—feeling love for a monster who raped my mother,” says Robert. “I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either.” If it helps at all, we can hate him for you, Robert. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
There are special people out there in America who want to fill a parental void but don’t actually want any children. Instead of adopting a traditional pet like a dog, cat, or goldfish, these people spend as much as $5,000 to adopt a monkey, often a capuchin monkey that can grow up to 22 inches and 9 pounds. The monkeys are basically toddlers that will never grow up. An estimated 15,000 monkeys live as surrogate children within American families. TLC is currently featuring some of these families on “My Baby Monkey,” which originally aired in Britain. (You can watch videos here.)
Many of the “parents” were empty nesters before adopting their monkeys, or they had experienced troubling childhoods and didn’t want children of their own. Now, these people don’t treat their monkey children, which are sometimes referred to as monkids, like pets. Instead, the monkeys are allowed to eat at the dinner table, wear makeup and designer clothes, have their own decorated bedrooms, and get transported around in baby carriages. Keep reading »
It’s amazing what you can sell on Craigslist these days. But instead of being amused, one mother got the shock of her life when she looked online and saw that her baby was up for adoption. A woman tipped off Massachusetts mother, Brenna, after she saw an ad on Craigslist for the adoption of Brenna’s son, Jacob. Worried and confused, Brenna checked out the ad. Turns out some man was using her son’s picture in an online adoption scam. The post advertised the adoption of a Canadian baby boy living in a orphanage in Cameroon, even though Jacob was safe at home in Massachusetts. He’d taken the picture of Jacob from his family’s public blog on WordPress. [CNN] Keep reading »
Breaking: orphaned children are not actually hellbent on killing their adoptive families, like Esther, the 9-year-old in the horror flick, “Orphan.”
Adoption and foster child advocates aren’t happy about how the girl is portrayed in the scary movie, and some have even started a Facebook group called “I Am Boycotting Warner Bros.’s ‘Orphan’ Movie.” Over one hundred thousand kids are in the foster care system and advocates are worried the Peter Sarsgaard/Vera Farmiga movie will reinforce negative stereotypes about the kids being problem children.
Fair enough point. While we haven’t seen the movie yet, we’re pretty sure, though, that most would-be adoptive parents are smart enough to realize their new little bundle of joy won’t be an actual demon (or whatever Esther’s problem turns out to be).
MTV‘s “16 and Pregnant” was a hot mess last night. Catelynn and Tyler are really sweet, smart, loving, mature kids who want the best for their baby, but their mom and pops are pretty screwed up. Mom is a drunk driver; Tyler’s dad is an ex-con. And, their parents are married. Yeah, Catelynn and Tyler are boyfriend and girlfriend, soon-to-be teen parents—and step-siblings. Wait, is this “Jerry Springer”?
Watch the kids tell their parents their choice is to give their daughter up for adoption because they both want to go to college—and how their parents try to convince them to raise their baby in this bats**t family instead. [MTV] Keep reading »
Rydonna? Ryarlett? I don’t know what we’ll call them, but Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson may be the newest celebs to start adopting a small tribe. The hunky “Proposal” star recently blabbed to Britain’s Glamour magazine that he “couldn’t be more pro-adoption” and “has every intention of adopting at some time.” Why? Because his older brother was adopted. Well, Ryan is 32, so it’s time to get cracking! Not sure yet where he is thinking of eventually picking up his little one, but I know one girl in Manhattan who would love the gig. [I'm Not Obsessed] Keep reading »