Kentucky judge fired over frequent recusal of himself from LGBT cases

Judge Mitchell W. Nance and former Kentucky County clerk have two things in common. Both of them have held elective offices in the state, and both have refused to do their job when LGBT issues were involved. Kim Davis spent time in jail for contempt of court over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the supreme court decision legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, and Judge Nance routinely recused himself from cases that involved LGBTQI individuals seeking to adopt a child.

While Kim Davis still holds elected office, Judge Nance faced more severe repercussions to his employment. The state fired him for his refusal to do his job. Nance, like Davis, cites sincerely held religious as the reason he continually recuses himself from LGBTQI adoption cases. The judge and his supporters claim he is following a judicial principle that says judges should recuse themselves in cases where they have a personal bias.

A spokesman for the state says the judge acted correctly, but the issue came about because Nance served in a family court. The number of cases he recused himself from routinely prevented him from doing his job. If he cannot do his job, the state argues, he should not continue to serve as a family court judge.

Kentucky allows same-sex parents to adopt, although many other states have attempted to adopt measures preventing same-sex couples from adopting. Many couples are prevented from adopting children because many orphanages are run by religious institutions. United States law carves wide exemptions for organizations that are founded and run by religious orders.

Professor Jeffrey Sharman of DePaul University told the Courier Journal that such frequent recusal could indicate that Nance cannot faithfully perform his office. If Nance is moved from family court to another position, we may also have to recuse himself from any cases involving LGBTQI individuals to remain consistent.

A Happy Ending

For many families who choose to adopt to add to their families, it is a time that is filled with emotion on so many levels. For Millie Holloman, this rang uitwntrue. Like many who choose adoption after fostering, she wanted to celebrate the finalization. Many adoptive parents photograph the big “gotcha day” as a way to remember the moments their child first joined their family. Mille wanted to take it a step further and include all the people who played a part in bringing her daughter, Vera Wren, to her. So she brought along a letter board and a photographer, and included all the people who helped to make it possible, from the judge who performed the ceremony, to the adoption attorney, to the social worker, to various friends and family of Mille. They all held up the board that noted their particular role in helping the adoption story reach its happy ending. The series of photographs finished out with a smiling Vera Wren with the letter board noting that after 1,070 days in the foster care system, she was finally adopted!
Millie Holloman notes that she believes it takes a village to come together and raise a child. These people were her village when it meant the most. She shares the photos on her personal Facebook page and writes a little message with each one, detailing in a shortened version just how important every person in the pictures is to her adoption story. She thanks them for helping her create a happy ending and for being incredibly amazing allies for her sweet daughter. She hopes such a photo shoot helps to shed some light on adoption and how important foster families truly are in the whole process.
A happy story indeed.

Gerogia legislature hopes to change adoption code this session

Chip and Tricia Barber wanted to have a child for a long time. The Georgia couple eventually decided to adopt after many years of trying and failing to have a children. They could have adopted a child within the state, but they did not even consider looking within their home state. Georgia has a 10-day revocation period after birth. If the birth mother puts her child up for adoption, she has 10 days in which to change her mind. This revocation period is one of the longest in the country.

The state’s legislature hopes to change the flaws in the adoption code. Members of the legislature attempted to bring the bill up during their last session. They almost voted on the bill, but some staffers added last-minute language that permitted discrimination against same-sex couples on religious grounds. The improved changes to the adoption code might have passed without the language, but the legislators chose to let the bill die quietly in a midnight session.

The Barbers believe that their adopted daughter is a blessing in their lives, but they have not forgotten that there are many children in Georgia in need of parents to adopt them. The couple hopes that the state congressmen deliver on their promise to make changes to the state’s adoption code a legislative priority. Georgia’s adoption law last saw changes in the 1990s, and the almost thirty-year old code discourages many people from considering adopting children from Georgia. House Speaker David Ralston wants to see this change as well. The Republican representative from Blue Ridge believes that it is important that all children in the state have a supportive, loving home, according to Fox 5.

Adopted son finds his biological brother through DNA testing

Adopted brothers and sisters sometimes never meet each other. Although this is sad, there are times when adopted brothers or sisters meet in adult life, with or without the intervention of their adopted or biological parents. Kieron Graham did not expect to find his long lost relatives, but his adopted mother gave him a 23andme DNA kit. He took the test and the results showed the political science major at at Kennesaw University. The test results came back. It showed him that his closest living relative, his brother, was a man named Vincent. As it turns out, Vincent was also studying political science at Kennesaw University, according to babble.com

The pair met up quickly and reconnected. The discovery also gave Vincent a chance to meet his biological parents. Graham’s adoptive mother’s gift gave him a chance to reconnect to to his birth parents and find out more about his family and his heritage. Kieron says he held no hostility towards the family of his birth, and that he just wanted to meet them.

The test results gave the adoptive son a chance to meet his other siblings as well. DNA testing kits have been an interesting way of proving ancestry and seeing if a family’s genealogies align with the genetic information. Stories of adoptive families reuniting are becoming more common because of the services offered by these companies.

23andme and similar DNA testing services made headlines earlier this year. Although it was barely noticed in the controversy over Chancellorsville, many white supremacists were using the tests to prove their racial purity. The results seldom came back the way the white supremacists using the tests would have liked. Few people have the pure heritage the white supremacists say is necessary.

Portland adoptive parents claim they were called to do this

Alden Maynards seemed somewhat like a normally boy when his foster parents met him. He couldn’t focus or pay attention. The Maynards felt his problems went beyond that. Despite seeing these issues, something stirred the people who would become Alden’s adoptive father and mother to take in the child as their foster son. They described it as being called to do it.

Alden and his parents arrived 3 years later in a family court. The child held helium balloons in his hand and did not seem to notice the judge sitting in the bench above him. The toddler may have vaguely comprehended that the impacts of this proceeding would effect his life, but he was more concerned about having fun than the adoption proceedings going on around him.

Even though the toddler may not have known the seriousness of what was going on around him, the Maynards did. They wanted to make sure the child remained a part of their life. At least they want him to remain a part of their life until adulthood. They want to make sure they do everything they can for the boy and the rest of their family.

The foster care of many states can cause children to live in many homes, especially in their teenage years, but this is usually not the case for children who are adopted. They keep close ties with their adoptive parents, even after they find out who their birth parents are.

Many parents who adopt children feel the same way. They are often called to adopt a particular child. It may or may not be for religious reasons. Regardless of why people adopt children, it is something that often takes a special breed of person.

Adopting From Foster Care

As of July 2017, it has been apparent that foster care adoption is the a preferred choice for those who wish to become parents. However, according to an article from Washington Post, it is mentioned that the process for foster care is unbearably frustrating, as none of the foster parents have any form of control over the end result, and are aware that their foster child may not be the permanent addition they wanted.

Fortunately, they mention throughout the piece that terminating the rights of the biological family is on the horizon. This not only promises a permanent family to those foster children, but those who are foster parents as well. Many organizations and charities have devoted their time and energy into foster children, taking into consideration their preference on school, name change, location, and close friends as well as making sure they have a permanent home.

The article also name drops a few celebrities who have adopted from foster care, such as Scott Shriner from Weezer, his wife and author, Jillian Lauren, and Jon Bon Jovi. Many biological families come back for their child in foster care, automatically gaining the rights to raise them once again, but many foster parents don’t believe that’s fair. It can take anywhere between two or three years to several before that child is considered “free to adopt” and there’s still no guarantee that the biological parents of those foster kids wouldn’t try to regain their rights, even after the adoption process is complete. Many foster parents feel as if they are living on eggshells, constantly wondering when they will lose the child they are beginning to love more and more. Courts overlook a lot of the emotional repercussions of these situations, but those who wish to be, or are already foster parents, understands and accepts the consequences of adoption from foster care. Not only can it be burdensome, but foster children don’t normally range in the infants and toddler stages. Foster children are usually old enough to know what’s going on, which can have some serious emotional damage, thus requiring therapy. This could happen with foster kids at any age, but it is more common to occur in those who are older and more developed.

Connecticut Foster and Adoption Organizations Try To Raise Awareness

Being a foster parent, and adopting a child, is two of the most significant ways to show compassion and love. One town wants to raise awareness about the growing need for foster and adoptive homes. The Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Coalition Team of Connecticut is hosting a special event to raise awareness to the ever-growing demand. With more than 428,000 children in the US foster care system, help is needed.

 

On Saturday, the United Church of Christ at 283 Main St. in Sandbury, will hold the event. Here, several agencies and supports from many communities will gather to answer questions from prospective families. The various organizations will have informational booths set up to help people understand the process and to learn what they need to do.

 

Unlike international adoption, domestic adoption comes with financial assistance and little to no out of pocket costs. Many people hear horror stories about foster care and adopting and shy away from this, even though their heart tells them to help a child. The few stories that leak into the news are always about the dysfunctional and often downsides of the system. However, it seems like the good things are never mentioned.

 

This event will help to boost the number of foster and adoptive homes in Connecticut. The Department of Job and Family Services will be on-site to help families register. The free training is very informative and required. Though, foster parents are reimbursed for their time. Fostering-to-adopt is the easiest way to adopt a child in the United States. It allows a child to be placed into a home for six months or more and the family can decide whether to move forward with making the child a permanent part of their family.

 

Last year’s event was a smashing success, and the number of fostering and adoptive parents increased. The demand is still high. The organizations hope that they will see even better results, this year, from a higher turnout.

The Biracial Word Of Adoption

The Adoption Of The First Child

Recently, splinternews.com Splinternews.com did an article about a young couple that decided to make the decision to adopt children. Meg St-Esprit is a freelance writer who lives in Pittsburgh. She and her husband decided that they wanted to find their own religion. They went on a search for God, and they found a church that they really loved. After getting acquainted with the members of the church, St-Esprit and her husband began the process of adopting their first child. Their son was a local blue-eyed, blond haired boy. All of the members of the church were happy for the family. The church members congratulated them , cried with them, hugged them, and made Meg St-Esprit and her husband feel like heroes for adopting such a beautiful child.

 

Adopting Black Children

Meg St-Esprit wrote an article about the different experience that she and her husband had after adopting adopting two black children. St-Esprit felt like the members of her church had rejected her black babies, and she was very surprised that many of them showed racist attitudes. It was something that she never realized because she is a white woman herself who does not have a prejudice bone in her body. Because of so many racist comments that were directed towards her children, St-Esprit and her husband decided to move to a new area. The family also found a new accepting church.

 

My Take On The Experience

The experience of Megan St-Esprit and her husband is deeply saddening and also moving. It shows that there are many people who are hiding racist feelings, but it also shows that people like Meg St-Esprit and her husband exist as well. They are amazing people who truly do not see race; they only see love and hope. It is wonderful to read a story about people who are so open and loving. I hope that St-Esprit and her family find peace in their new church and acceptance in their new location.

6,000 Children In Texas Need A Home

There were 5,000 children adopted in the state of Texas last year. Even though there were a lot of children adopted, there are still a lot of children waiting for a home. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Families, there are 6,000 children in Texas who are waiting to be adopted. The average age of a child adopted in the state of Texas is 5.

 

Teenagers and older children often stay in the foster care until they reach 18. Many people prefer to adopt younger children because they believe that older children are unadoptable. However, it is important for teens to have a stable household in order to grow into a productive adult.

 

There will be events held throughout the country this month in order to raise awareness about adoption. People will also be educated about the adoption process. How do children cope with foster care until they are adopted? What options do potential parents have in Texas? What requirements must be met in order for one to adopt in Texas? Those are some of the questions that will be answered at various events.

 

Jeremy Spencer, who is a police officer in San Antonio, will be speaking at one of the adoption events in Texas. He is the parent of two adopted children. Tim Gebel is a program administrator who works for the Texas Department of Families and Protective Services Region 8. He will also be speaking at one of the adoption events in Texas.

 

Anais Biera is the chief public relations officer for the Children’s Shelter-San Antonio. He is another one of the people who will be speaking at an adoption event.

New York Times Discusses Open Adoption

With open adoption being a fairly new legal process that many prospective adoptive parents have many questions about, the New York Times recently decided to publish an article discussing the implications and possible impact of an open adoption. By using one family participating in an open adoption as a case study, Ryan Smith discussed the benefits, drawbacks, and potential concerns of open adoption to help families struggling with the decision. According to Smith, thousands of children and adoptive parents are involved in open adoptions ever year in the United States. Many of the parents keep in touch with the adoption agencies during the process and often openly discuss their experiences with open adoption.

Smith used the Cadence family as an illustration for open adoptions in his article. Shandra and Bill Cadence reside in the suburbs of New York City and have adopted three siblings from the same family in an open adoption process. When discussing the open adoption process with Smith, the Cadence family revealed their intentions to adopt only one child in this manner. After adopting the first child from a mother who was not suitable to raise children at the time, the Cadence family received information that the mother had become pregnant a second time. Not wanting the mother’s second child and their adopted child’s sibling to be abandoned or raised by anther family, the Cadence family chose to adopt the second and third child as a part of their family. The family’s open adoption process is both rewarding and difficult. The Cadences revealed that they enjoyed the aspect of open adoption that allowed their children to know and love their biological mother as an extended member of their family. The family is also frequently disappointed, however, at the mother’s inconsistent behavior. Her visits with her biological children are sometimes frequent, but are sometimes missing altogether. This inconsistency often upsets the adoptive children.

Ultimately, Smith reported that the Cadence family are pleased with the fact that the open adoption has allowed them to have a relationship with the biological mother that would not have been possible in a closed adoption.