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Is Illinois 'At War' With Catholics? Some Church Leaders Think So

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

After an Illinois judge ruled last week that the state Department of Children and Family Services can legally sever their long-standing foster care an...

Our Other Credit Problem: States, Equality, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The U.S. has had a lot of credit issues lately. But there's another "credit" debacle, one that is currently sitting on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court: a state's refusal to give constitutionally-required "full faith and credit" to valid adoptions by gay parents.

Joseph Erbentraut

Illinois' Foster Care, Adoption Dispute With Catholic Charities At Standstill | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

Though the state of Illinois's Department of Children and Family Services announced last week that it had suspended its foster care and adoption contr...

Illinois Must Keep Foster Contracts With Catholic Charities (For Now)

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois judge on Tuesday put Catholic Charities back in the business of finding foster and adoptive homes for children, ...

State Ending Foster Care Relationship With Catholic Charities

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

In May, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would end its adoption and foster care program if the state forced them to grant applications...

Gay Adoption Boom Expected

AP | CHRIS HAWLEY and MICHAEL HILL | Posted 09.10.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — First comes love, then comes marriage. Now adoption lawyers and agencies in New York say they're getting ready for a baby boom as sam...

Jen Sabella

Agency Takes Over Foster Care In Rockford After Catholic Charities Halts Service | Jen Sabella | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would no longer provide foster care services, since new state law would force them to acc...

Catholic Charities Takes Adoption, Foster Care Battle To Court

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut and Jen Sabella | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

The battle between the state of Illinois and Catholic Charities escalated Tuesday, as lawyers for the charitable organization took legal action agains...

In Issue Of Adoption, Catholic Charities Should Adhere To Basic Fairness

Alvin McEwen | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Alvin McEwen

While I understand wanting to adhere to one's faith, this is an issue in which the welfare of the child must come first. Studies have shown that children do not suffer from a same-sex household.

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Picks Up GOP Cosponsor | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has signed on as the first Republican supporter of a bill outlawing discrimination against same-sex...

Jen Sabella

Catholic Charities In Rockford Ending Foster Care, Adoptions Over Gay Rights | Jen Sabella | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

Rather than allow unmarried people or same-sex couples to adopt or foster children, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois announced Thursday that t...

Financing Family: CNN Hero Helps Prospective Parents With Adoption Costs

Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact

After spending over $40,000 to adopt her first child, Becky Fawcett knew that other qualified families must be struggling to foot the cost to create a...

Catholic Charities Could Block Adoptions For Couples In Civil Unions

Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

One of the largest adoption agencies in Illinois is threatening to turn away couples with civil unions, despite state law demanding they do otherwise....

What Arizona's Senate Bill 1188 Should Be About

Jan Fishler | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Jan Fishler

An offensive new Arizona State Senate bill makes an assumption that growing up in a heterosexual household with two married parents is always the best option. In my opinion, the bill misses the point entirely.

Amanda Terkel

Same-Sex Adoption Bill Introduced | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As several states have moved to make it harder for same-sex families to adopt children or become foster parents, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Cali...

Kids In Waiting: Foster Care's Web Of Policies, Problems And Promise

Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact

In the first part of this two-part series highlighting the hardships that half a million foster children face each year, Enrique Montiel shared his st...

Jen Sabella

Anti-Gay Adoption Bill Voted Down In Senate Committee | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

A bill that would have allowed religious organizations to deny gay couples adoption and foster care services was voted down in Senate committee Wednes...

Jen Sabella

Bill That Would Allow Religious Institutions To Prevent Gays From Adopting Still Alive In Illinois Senate | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

In January, many Illinoisans rejoiced as Governor Pat Quinn signed historic legislation legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Il...

Amanda Terkel

Arkansas High Court Strikes Down Ban On Gay Adoptions | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas' high court struck down the state's law barring same-sex couples from adopting on Thursday. In an opinion published without dis...

Stop These Bigoted Attacks on Elton John's Baby

Johann Hari | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Johann Hari

The critics of gay adoption are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts. These attempts at concern for the kids are in fact veiled bigotry.

Anti-Gay Adoption Bill Struck Down In Illinois Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

By Yasmin Nair, courtesy of the Windy City Times SB 1993 was recently struck down in the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee. The bill would ha...

On Evangelical Campuses, Rumblings Of Gay Acceptance

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Some observers now wonder whether a major shift in opinions about homosexuality might be occurring among younger evangelicals.

Baby Samuel Finally Comes Home

James Peron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James Peron

Samuel Ghilain's crib sits empty. It has never been used. Now, it's too small for him anyway. His toys sit in the empty nursery still waiting for him to play with them.

Mother No More?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

North Carolina's Supreme Court voids "second-parent" adoptions by homogamous couples. Related Topics, by Judy Shapiro, calls my attention to a very a...

The Morality of Gay Adoption

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It takes one heck of a lot of chutzpa to tell gay men or women not to adopt when we refuse to do so ourselves. Surely leaving kids to drown without love is deeply immoral. But to stop others from rescuing them is an abomination.