Earthquake orphans: what Nepal can learn from Haiti

Kate van Doore | 06 May 2015
Inter-country adoption is not disaster relief

Why is adoption so popular in Japan?

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 December 2012
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

Mariette Ulrich | 09 May 2012
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 03 December 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 November 2010
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 eventful.

How much does the lesbian parenting study really tell us?

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 June 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 September 2009
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@

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