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Expanded Definition of Parenthood Tested in New York State Court

News Brief: Expanded Definition of Parenthood Tested in New York Court

News Brief: Expanded Definition of Parenthood Tested in New York Court

In August 2016, New York state expanded its definition of a parent to include caretakers without biological or adoptive ties. In September 2016, a first court case put that definition to the test.

Gender Inquality, Racial Segregation, and My Daughter

“Let’s Be Fair”

At nine, my daughter is becoming aware of the many ways in which the world is unjust, and is doing her part to promote fairness where she can.

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“A Different Definition of Family”

I am the white, single mother of an eight-year-old Asian girl, whom I adopted when she was six days old. As you can imagine, I have given a lot of thought to "the daddy question."

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“Living the Dream”

As my daughter grows up, a typical, American kid, we are free to imagine only happy endings for the family she left behind.

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“Can You Suggest Kids’ Adoption Books for Single Parents?”

Books can help our children make sense of their own stories. They may have questions about things they don’t feel like talking about: being adopted, being raised by a single parent, being raised by gay or lesbian parents.

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Tips from older adoptive parents

“Older, Wiser, and Warming Bottles”

Adoptive parents pushing the mid-century mark are joining playgroups and diggingDora the Explorer. What's age got to do with it?

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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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