Category Archives: Adoption

Don’t Fear Adoptions

It’s a good message. I wouldn’t phrase it quite the way that Carrie Krenson does. I would urge prospective couples not to fear domestic adoptions. We know many couples who did adopt from overseas. I don’t criticize the option, but … Continue reading

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Responsibility, Not Rights, Not Relativism

William Newton’s Zenit piece today takes as a starting point Pope Benedict’s address earlier this month, but doesn’t really go anywhere with it. For starters, the use of “relativism” in the headline is another example of the erosion of meaning … Continue reading

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Adoption Day 2009

It’s always heartening to hear of adoption stories. I never tire of them. One Catholic blogger and his family have just begun their experience with adding a young boy to their family. In our household Adoption Day is a principal … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Whenever “adoption” appears in Scripture, my ears pop open. This past holy day’s second reading from Galatians: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those … Continue reading

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Frozen Embryo Adoption

Still up in the air from Rome, but leaning toward an entirely negative judgment, so they say. A New Hampshire couple wonders why. So do I. Timothy and Dawn Smith wonder if adoptive couples have been consulted. Given the milquetoast example … Continue reading

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Enough Families

One myth I’m happy to see debunked is that there are not enough loving families available who want to adopt children from foster care. The truth is that almost fifty million people have considered adopting from foster care. That’s more … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Expect light to no blogging over the next few days. The young miss was invited to take part in a study of children with her heart condition. It involves some medical testing at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, … Continue reading

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Adoption for Experienced Parents

One concern my dear wife and I received when we were exploring adoption was our inexperience as parents. That would be, some social workers told us, a potential flaw when our profile was matched up against others wanted to adopt … Continue reading

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Developing a Theology of Adoption

Somebody needs to do it. A quick look through the catechism and my volumes on post-conciliar documents shows but one reference to adoption. This from John Paul II’s 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio: It must not be forgotten however that, … Continue reading

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Older Couples Adopting

My wife and I were in our forties when we adopted our daughter. A Catholic Charities adoption was not a real option for us. The Archdiocese of Dubuque had a limit for prospective parents: age thirty-nine or younger. A person … Continue reading

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On Adoption

In bits and pieces, I’ve shared some part of my family’s adoption story here on Catholic Sensibility and in comboxes elsewhere over the years. My friends at InsideCatholic asked me to write something over there. So I took a break from … Continue reading

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Adoption Disruptions

CNS reports that Catholic adoption services are ending in England, as a result of government insistence that children be placed with same-sex couples. In the Diocese of Lancaster, “the trustees of the adoption agency … voted to cut ties with … Continue reading

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National Adoption Month

Parents of adopted children have fantastic stories. When word got out almost ten years ago that Anita and I were exploring adoption, we found out that two couples in our parish had adopted their children. We didn’t know. We’ve heard … Continue reading

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Adoption Friendly

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, as announced by the Catholic News Service today, named New Jersey’s Diocese of Metuchen as one of the top-100 adoption-friendly employers in the nation. According to the foundation’s web page, the Metuchen Diocese offers … Continue reading

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Adoption Day

It was a good day to celebrate. Brittany sang with her mom in our 9AM Sunday choir. A friend covered my sacristan duties at noon Mass so we three could enjoy a lunch together. Five years ago today was our … Continue reading

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