ACLU Sues Michigan for Funding Faith-Based Adoption Agencies That Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples
A 2015 law signed by Governor Rick Snyder protects child-placement agencies from providing services that conflict with their religious beliefs.
The Research Against Mississippi's Ban on Gay Adoption
A reading list on the differences—or lack thereof—between gay and straight parents.
The Stories We Tell: Adopting From a Troubled Country
Adele Barker brought Noah home from Paraguay in 1987. Now, 28 years later, she’s not sure whose story is accurate. Can we ever really know?
How Does It Feel to Be the Biological Parent of Your Sister's Child?
An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to print and digital magazine subscribers.
America’s Unseen Export: Children, Most of Them Black
The theories and policies that govern American adoptions are out of date. At least until they’re changed—to keep state and private agencies from applying the law in such a way as to prioritize heterosexual couples—you can expect the outgoing adoption industry to continue growing, raising important questions about race and rights.
The Frozen Children: The Rise—and Complications—of Embryo Adoption
More efficient than in vitro fertilization and cheaper than traditional adoption, embryo adoption, which also provides parents with the experience of carrying a child, is becoming more popular. But our legislature is still struggling with serious legal issues surrounding the practice.
The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family
Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.
Casualties of the Coop: Abandoned Chickens and Hens and Their Rescuers
Thousands of abandoned roosters and past-their-prime hens have landed in animal shelters across the country since urban farming took flight.
Little Remarked Upon Provisions of the Health Care Bill
From breast pumping to adoption tax credits, the leviathan known as the U.S. health care bill is loaded with little goodies.
EPA: Climate Change Will Have Public-Health Implications
The EPA acknowledges, finally, that climate change will have public-health implications, increasing the incidence of heart disease, allergies, asthma, tropical diseases and ... kidney stones.
International Adoptions Struggle for Hollywood Endings
Hollywood stars have made international child adoptions trendy in recent years, but countries have been striving to make practice safer.