Oh what a difficult decision the Supreme Court justices have to make in the case of a Baby Veronica! The adoptive parents of the 3-year-old girl were ordered to return her to her biological father, Dusten Brown, who gave up his parental right when she was born, but later said he was tricked into doing so. Understandably, her adoptive parents want her back and now it's up to the Supreme Court to decide who'll raise the little girl.
But before you take sides, you have to understand that this is an extremely difficult case because Baby Veronica's dad is Native American. And there's a strong law, known as the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) enacted to maintain Native American families together and to prevent adoptions outside tribes which appears to support Brown's parental rights.Continue Reading >
Texas Republican State Representative Debbie Riddle has inflamed potential voters after making a statement against a proposed bill that could allow women in the state to file suit against individuals who interfere with their attempts to breastfeed in public. Riddle posted on her Facebook page that she believes "women need to be modest" and insinuated that nursing in a public place is inappropriate. More than 1,000 commenters defended babies' right to eat when they're hungry.Continue Reading >
It looks like we're really on our way to recognizing the power of family--a modern family, that is. A judge in Florida has approved that a 22-month-old baby girl will have all three of her parents on her birth certificate, a married lesbian couple and a gay man. This is all after a two-year paternity battle between the couple and their friend who donated his sperm but then wanted a larger role in the baby girl's life.Continue Reading >
I love stories with a happy ending--and this one couldn't get any better! Not sure if you remember, but last month I wrote about a mom who'd given her baby daughter up for adoption without her Army husband's consent while he was stationed in another state. When she finally confessed to the dad, Terry Achane, he immediately called the adoption agency to voice his disapproval, but he was completely ignored. Achane fought back and even though his legal battle lasted almost two years, he finally got his daughter back when a judge ruled the little girl belonged with her dad.
Father and daughter were just reunited and spent their first weekend together since she was born 22 months ago. Just thinking about that reunion makes me want to cry.Continue Reading >
Whoever said moms don't have a good sense of humor were wrong! An Australian mother came up with a creative way to get back at people who constantly judged her when she breastfed her son in public. The mom designed the Boob Beanie, a hat that comes in both infant and adult sizes!
The hilarious unisex accessory is meant to keep an infant's head warm and, as an added bonus, will create necessary (and hilarious!) shock value for anyone looking while you breastfeed your baby in public--the right of every mom!Continue Reading >
There's a fine line between parents being overprotective and, well, a little psychotic. And it seems like Aubrey Ireland's mom and dad were definitely crossing that boundary as, in a very unusual case, the 21-year-old woman just won a stalking order against them!Continue Reading >
Most people don't like to think about their own mortality. I know I rarely think about the possibility of dying when my children are still young--not because I don't think it could happen, but because I don't want to imagine what that would be like. But with the sudden death of mom of 5 Jenni Rivera, I've realized I haven't really prepared myself or my family to deal with a potential tragedy like hers.
Although I know there's not much you can do beforehand to help ease the agonizing pain your children will feel if you die unexpectedly, there's actually several steps you can take to make sure they'll be taken care of financially and emotionally.
It may sound like the plot of a movie, but this adoption horror story is as real as it gets. According to Terry Achane, his wife gave their firstborn baby up for adoption without his consent. Back in February 2011, Achane, who is in the Army, moved from Texas to South Carolina for a new job while his wife, Tira Bland, stayed behind to supposedly give birth surrounded by her family. But the couple had been having marital problems and a couple of weeks after Archane moved out of state, Bland contacted an adoption agency in Utah. Her baby girl was born in March 2011 and Bland relinquished her parental rights two days later to adoptive parents Jared and Kristi Frei of Utah.
Problem is she never got Achane's permission and, in fact, cut all communication with him for months. She apparently told the adoption agency that Achane had abandoned her and lied about how they could get in touch with him.Continue Reading >