Our phones have been ringing nonstop for the past few days from people that state that they have just read an article stating that there is a need for volunteers to “cuddle” babies that are with adoption agencies. THIS ARTICLE IS VERY MISLEADING.
In private adoption, the newborn goes directly from the hospital to the home of the adopting parents. There is NEVER a need for a “cuddler”. These families have waited many years for this baby, and the very thought of a stranger holding their newborn would cause great anxiety Furthermore, there is no influx of newborn babies available for adoption.. most agencies have lists that are years long of waiting families.
So WHERE did this journalist get the information that led them to the conclusion that there was a need for such volunteers ? Periodically there are agencies that will put a newborn into temporary “cradle care “. This is in the event that perhaps the birth mother is unsure if they really want to proceed with an adoption plan, or for some very rare unforeseen reason. Families that provide cradle care for these infants have gone through a rigorous background check , health screening and training program, and the agency has approved them for the care of these infants. NEVER would an agency allow someone off of the street to come in and cuddle a baby that was in their care.
The article gives the impression that there is an overflow of newborns languishing in their cribs with little or no human contact , giving the reader the impression of an orphanage in a third world country. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we lament that the so called journalist couldn’t take a few minutes to realize the truth before writing the article. But, of course, there would have been no article to speak of if they had
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, 12:00-2:00PM
Speakers include Rev. Clenard Childress, Pastor Bruce Rivers, Pastor Walter Moss and Walter Hoye. Download the event flyer here.
St. Dominic’s Church, 2390 Bush St, San Francisco, 5:00 pm
The Sisters of Life will host their annual Prayer Vigil for Life! Vespers will be at 5:00pm followed by holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Daly. Everyone is welcome! Download flyer here. Contact the Sisters of Life at email or (212) 397-1396.
St. Stephen’s Church Parish Hall, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek, 5:00 pm
Guests include Dr. Alveda King, Rev. Clenard Childress, Jeff White, Cecilia Chavez, and Lori & Walter Hoye. For more information, visithere. The event flyer may be downloaded here. Contact Joni at 925-550-3122.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, 7:00 pm
For more information, Veronica Ruby (510) 882-7779. The event flyer may be downloaded here.
Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, 8:00PM-7:00AM
Adoration begins at 8PM, and will last until 7AM on Saturday, January 24.
Adopting a baby can be a very expensive endeavor these days. There are attorney costs, advertising fees, home study fees, court expenses etc to consider. The average California family may find that these expenses are out of reach on their salaries.. A clever and effective method of raising the funds necessary to adopt can be found through GOFUNDME. They have a program that is designated specifically for those that are seeking to expand their families through ivf, adoption , or other means of infertility. Remember to have family and friends post your link on their social media, as it is word of mouth that will lead to your success.
Air Force couple came home from JB Pearl Harbor Hickam unannounced. The mother was surprised to see her son and daughter in law. She had no idea that she was about to have a granddaughter! The baby girl is being adopted. Merry Christmas!
Perhaps the weirdest twin story of all time occurred in Ohio. Identical twin boys were given up for adoption and were adopted by different families who didn’t know about each other. They ended up growing up only 45 miles apart. Their adoptive parents happen to name both of them James. Both twins married twice – their first marriages were to women named Linda. Their second marriages were to women named Betty. They both had a son that they named James Allen. They both owned dogs named Toy.
Lawmakers could again consider legislation that would exempt faith based adoption agencies. The bills would shield agencies that refuse to place children with particular families for religious reasons.
All Democrats in the state House voted against two similar bills last year before they died out in the Senate. But one of those Democrats says he has changed his mind on the issue and is now sponsoring one of the bills.
“I looked at it, what my faith teaches me, and what I know, and what my constituents have told me about what they feel and it’s something that I felt that I needed to take a stand on,” said Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit.
Santana says he has no problems with same gays or lesbians adopting a child.
“I think that all children need a loving home,” he said. “However, we’re at the intersection between people’s faith and what they’re being told to do that interferes with their ability to morally practice their faith. And then having the state say you have to do this, there’s a problem there.”
Opponents of the legislation say it would allow agencies to discriminate against people who are LGBT. They say it would also undermine what is best for children.
Santana recently stopped caucusing with House Democrats, but he says that has nothing to do with his decision to support the measure..
There are numerous faith based adoption agencies that have chosen to close their doors rather than to place children in LGBT homes, which they say that they are opposed to based on their religious beliefs.