March 5, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The Institute for Family Studies offers us this thought-provoking short article (IFS, 3/3/15). It’s about adoption and the problems adopted children face. The author, Naomi Schaefer Riley, cites a couple of articles by adoptees that appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. They raise the intriguing and mysterious issue of just what the ties of blood — those between biological parents and their children — are, if anything.
A piece in the Washington Post by Shaaren Pine called “Please Don’t Tell Me I Was Lucky to Be Adopted” chronicles the struggles of the author who was born in an orphanage in India but raised by a well-off family in Massachusetts. “Can you imagine being the only person in the world you know you’re related to?” she asks, describing the deep depression and suicidal tendencies she has felt since adolescence.
March 4, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The concept of the “de facto” parent is creeping into the margins of American law. Its future of course is unclear as are its consequences for shared parenting. This article deals with a recent case out of Wyoming that educates readers about the concept (Justicia.com, 3/3/15).
In a nutshell, the notion of the de facto parent arose in order to accommodate the parenting desires of one partner to a lesbian couple. In those cases, two women decided to have a child, found a sperm donor, inseminated one of the women who became pregnant, carried the pregnancy to term and – presto! – little Andy or Jenny had two mommies. (Gay men with children usually adopt them, so neither is a biological parent.)