Why is adoption so popular in Japan?
Surprisingly, in view of its very low birth rate and aversion to immigration, Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in the world. But the reason is even more surprising…
A family where one size suits all
When it comes to ‘family size’, the Johnstons are big and small at the same time, but there’s no doubt where their parental love and dedication fit on the size continuum.
Adoption works well
Adoption has been under attack in recent decades and has
almost disappeared within western countries as an option for a mother who is
not in a position to bring up her child. Perhaps it was often handled badly in
the past, but family scholar Pat Fagan has found solid evidence that adoption
works well for children.
A Hollywood story, where things turn out (more or less) right
Life seems to have imitated art in the life of child film
star Baby Marie Osborne, according to an obituary for her in the New York
Times. “She was cast as an orphan, a child of social climbers, the charmer of a
crotchety millionaire, a diplomat, a cupid,” but her real life was equally
How much does the lesbian parenting study really tell us?
Right on cue for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month"
the journal of the American Academy of pediatrics has published a study
purporting to show that the children of lesbian couples “do better than
their peers” on some measures.
China’s stolen babies
Girl babies adopted by American and other overseas couples from
orphanages in China in recent years may have been forcibly taken from
their parents, not abandoned, as the adoptive parents were told. The
Los Angeles Times reports at length on a scandal that can be laid at
the door of China’s inhuman population control policy and corrupt local
family planning officials.
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com