Adoption

FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Sullivan pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. The penalty phase of his trial opens Friday, March 15, 2019 outside Philadelphia. A jury will hear testimony about Sullivan’s crimes before deciding on a sentence of either life in prison or death. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 15, 2019 - 6:20 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man should be put to death for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he and the teen's mother shared, a prosecutor declared Friday as he described how the victim fought for her life. Jacob Sullivan, 46,...
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March 14, 2019 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department figures released Thursday. Sharp drops in adoptions from China and Ethiopia more than offset notable...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013, file photo, Veronica, 3, a child at the center of an international adoption dispute at the time, smiles in a bathroom of the Cherokee Nation Jack Brown Center in Tahlequah, Okla. A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in child welfare proceedings involving Native children is facing a significant legal challenge. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law didn’t apply in a South Carolina case involving Veronica because her Cherokee father was absent from part of her life. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP, File)
March 13, 2019 - 12:50 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013, file photo, Veronica, 3, a child at the center of an international adoption dispute at the time, smiles in a bathroom of the Cherokee Nation Jack Brown Center in Tahlequah, Okla. A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in child welfare proceedings involving Native children is facing a significant legal challenge. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law didn’t apply in a South Carolina case involving Veronica because her Cherokee father was absent from part of her life. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:17 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. A federal judge in Texas ruled the Indian...
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In this undated photo provided by Edelman communications marketing firm, Alexis Ohanian, founder of the social media company Reddit, poses for a photo with his daughter Olympia. Ohanian wants other guys to be jealous of him. Not because he's a multimillionaire venture capitalist. Or because he's married to tennis pro Serena Williams. The Reddit co-founder wants men to covet the time he gets to spend with his 1-year-old daughter, Olympia. (Edelman via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Alexis Ohanian wants other guys to be jealous of him. Not because he's a multimillionaire venture capitalist. Or because he's married to tennis pro Serena Williams. The Reddit co-founder wants men to covet the time he gets to spend with his 1-year-old daughter, Olympia. The pair is...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF SARA ON SECOND REFERENCE - FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Grace's adoptive mother, Sara Packer, is expected to testify against Sullivan during the penalty phase of his trial. She has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 6:28 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer...
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In this Jan. 2, 2019, photo, South Korean adoptee Adam Crapser speaks during an interview in Seoul, South Korea. Crasper was deported from the U.S. four decades after his adoption by American parents is suing the Seoul government and a private adoption agency over what he calls gross negligence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 23, 2019 - 7:18 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea, the country of his birth. Forcibly separated from his wife, children and friends in America, he is isolated by language and culture, left alone to navigate this sprawling city he's been expelled to four decades after...
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December 03, 2018 - 12:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J is host of a TV special that has long spotlighted adoption for kids in foster care. CBS' "A Home for the Holidays" is marking its 20th year of sharing stories about children who found or need permanent homes. Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham will perform on the...
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FILE- In this July 16, 2016, file photo Haven Shepherd prepares for her race at Schifferdecker Pool in Joplin, Mo. Haven Shepherd’s dad brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven in between. She was 14 months old. The bombs killed the parents, but Haven survived. She lost both legs below the knees. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe via AP, File)
November 23, 2018 - 1:54 am
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Miracle No. 1: Haven Shepherd wasn't killed. Her dad, destitute, desperate and unable to support a child, brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven, then 14 months old, in between. The parents...
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FILE- In this July 16, 2016, file photo Haven Shepherd prepares for her race at Schifferdecker Pool in Joplin, Mo. Haven Shepherd’s dad brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven in between. She was 14 months old. The bombs killed the parents, but Haven survived. She lost both legs below the knees. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe via AP, File)
November 23, 2018 - 1:53 am
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Miracle No. 1: Haven Shepherd wasn't killed. Her dad, destitute, desperate and unable to support a child, brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven's mom and placed Haven, then 14 months old, in between. The parents...
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