When families experience infertility, they often lose some of their dreams. Most couples that go through adoption miss the chance to experience pregnancy, but not all of them.
A 4-month-old pit bull named Jarvis is on the road to recovery after being abused, then left out in extreme cold. Jarvis made his first public appearance Saturday since being rescued on Jan. 5. He was found outside on the sub-zero night by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, covered with what appeared to be cigar burns and suffering from a facial infection. With the help of the local group Save-a-Bull Rescue, Jarvis’ wounds were treated and he was taken in to a foster home.
A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation’s year-old ban on adoptions by Americans. She and her husband adopted a boy from Russia in 2008 and refuse to give up long-standing efforts to also adopt their son’s biological brother from an orphanage in the city of Kursk. Renee Thomas was featured on TV Dozhd (TV Rain), Russia’s top independent station, in an 11-minute segment that aired Thursday, a day before the opening of the Olympics in Sochi. At the close of the segment, she breaks into tears as she explains her family’s determination.
It’s something that can change a child’s life forever, and for one Twin Cities native, it’s a subject close to his heart. Recording artist James Grear conducted a parenting seminar Saturday morning for National Adoption Day at the Hennepin County Health Services Building in downtown Minneapolis. Grear has adopted 11 children himself. This free event gave foster parents information about the adoption process.
It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.
A Twin Cities man in prison for murdering the mother of his daughter wants a say in how that little girl grows up.
For four legged friends, arboretums are the ultimate dog park.
Minnesota families impacted by a new Russian law banning Americans from adopting Russian children are getting help from the state’s senior Senator.
For years, Minnesota families have opened their hearts and homes to hundreds of orphans from Russia.
The effort by Russia’s parliament to ban Americans from adopting Russian children brings back anxious memories for a Twin Cities couple.
More than 60 cats and kittens taken from a home in Duluth will soon be ready for adoption.
Given an opportunity for adoption, a pair of brothers wanted their younger sibling to have a home first. Touched by their selflessness, a St. Paul family is now on a journey that will change those boys’ lives and their own.
Elena Evans’ story began in Russia and has taken her to the land of opportunity. In her case, it’s also been the land of unconditional love.
It used to be that there was a lot of secrecy when adoptions took place, but not anymore.
A Minnesota family is back together for Thanksgiving after being apart for several months. Steve and Jeannette Takata left back in May to Zambia with their two adopted children and their biological daughter. The children were adopted four years ago.