We are conspicuous. And almost every question we encounter from strangers stems from our racial differences: Are they all yours? Are you babysitting? What country are they from?
Disgrace for being pregnant outside of marriage is no longer an American issue, yet we lack social supports such as affordable day care to level the playing field, allowing less-than-affluent women and their children to remain together.
Now, once in a while, when I get an, "I hate you!" I'll respond, "I love you!" in musical theater voice. And if I really want to annoy him when he's ordering me around, I'll resort to talking in a cockney accent and calling him the "Little Lord."
A social worker who was a 20-year veteran of state adoptions told us early on in the process: "You get the one you're supposed to." She couldn't have been more right.
I know it hurts your heart to believe it, but mothers do leave their babies. I am glad I was left somewhere safe. Can't we provide that option for all children? Don't we owe it to these tiny people who cannot do for themselves? If it only saved one life, wouldn't it be worth it?
I was running errands with my youngest two children in tow when an acquaintance of ours spotted us and came over to say hello. She looked at my son, marveling over how much he had grown. "Yes," I smiled, "He's a big boy!" She replied, "Such a cute little thug." My son is 2 years old.
If you stay silent, I can pretty much guarantee it will be difficult to find the support and love you will so need in this lifelong journey of loss and recovery.
Nyasia shouldn't have to wish for warm, fuzzy boots. But she does. And every day I am reminded that there are thousands of other kids in foster care and group homes around our country that are just like her. Their wishes are so simple it can break your heart.
Arbor, a former stray dog, has brought the Las Vegas community together to advocate for the local town shelter becoming a no-kill shelter.
A homeless dog is now a hero -- literally, as he has been renamed with this fitting moniker after using his bark persistently to lead individuals walking by to an exhausted mother and her 10 newborn, sick puppies.
Second Chance Rescue NYC is currently trying to raise funds for Sweet Daffodil who just had her babies just over a week ago and is now at the ER Vet f...
Renaut makes decisions every day that are hard. He makes decisions that are risky. He makes decisions that are borderline crazy. But it's those decisions that have led him to changing the world in bigger ways than most of us will ever experience.
Most people instantly feel some form of sadness when they walk into a diner and see an elderly person sitting alone; I often wonder why these emotions don't carry over universally towards senior animals. There are so many great reasons to consider adopting an older dog
The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.
Today, I wonder why America, a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy and compassionate, doesn't pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing, and more importantly, the community of humanity.
Parental rights issues -- such as that of Sheena and Tiara Yates -- should never be decided based on the rights of one (or two) parents versus another parent with the omission of the rights of the child to know their genetic heritage. Children are not property and decisions concerning their lives must not ignore their needs and rights.