ADOPTION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/ADOPTION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: How about banning single parents? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808395-82/couples-marriage-parents-single.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57808395-82/couples-marriage-parents-single.html.csp">Letter: How about banning single parents?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T09:17:40.203-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 09:17AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Our attorney general’s attack on marriage equality and adoption is based on a notion that different-sex couples provide better parenting than gay couples (a skewing of findings that show that two parents are generally better than one). If dual-sex parents are the gold standard and Utah can tolerate nothing less, then we’ll need to eliminate single-parent households. But good news! Since marriage’s purpose is to raise children, there’s a simple solution. In cases of unwed mothers, parental dea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57808395@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:17:40 MDT Editorial: Utah takes a nasty step against same-sex couples http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802521-82/utah-marriage-sex-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802521-82/utah-marriage-sex-state.html.csp">Editorial: Utah takes a nasty step against same-sex couples</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T10:10:11.451-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 10:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In rapid succession, the official Utah position on same-sex marriage has gone from mainstream conservative to merely retrograde to downright nasty. In fairness, it is not only, or even primarily, Utah’s laws and policies that have changed. It is the rest of the world that has moved, with a speed seldom seen in such matters, away from a one-size-fits-all view of marriage to a live-and-let-live acceptance of what’s now called marriage equality. It is disappointing that the state’s lawmakers and l...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57802521@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:10:11 MDT Utah lesbian couple’s adoption stalls despite court order http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765840-78/adoption-marx-state-judge.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765840-78/adoption-marx-state-judge.html.csp">Utah lesbian couple’s adoption stalls despite court order</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brooke Adams</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T11:52:51.081-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 11:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A lesbian couple have gone from elation to frustration in their quest to be equally recognized as mothers of their daughter after the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics on Tuesday refused to accept a court order approving their second-parent adoption. Attorney Shane A. Marx, who represents Kimberly and Amber Leary, presented the office with a final adoption order signed March 26 by a 3rd District Court judge and requested a new birth certificate listing both women as parents of their 16...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57765840@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:52:51 MDT Letter: Too many unwanted children available for adoption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57759037-82/adoption-abortion-available-letter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57759037-82/adoption-abortion-available-letter.html.csp">Letter: Too many unwanted children available for adoption</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T16:37:21.508-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 04:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">John Lesko (“Answer to unwanted pregnancy is adoption, not abortion,” Forum, March 27) responds to a previous letter regarding abortion by compassionately arguing that a better alternative is adoption. Lesko offers the commonly held view that “…there are thousands of couples across the country who are childless and long to have a family.” Reliable data, however, indicates that in the United States the supply of children available for adoption (babies through age 17) exceeds adoption demand. Pl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57759037@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:37:21 MDT Letter: Answer to unwanted pregnancy is adoption, not abortion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57724616-82/abortion-child-adoption-pregnancy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57724616-82/abortion-child-adoption-pregnancy.html.csp">Letter: Answer to unwanted pregnancy is adoption, not abortion</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T01:01:02.812-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re Carol J. Conners’ letter “Abortion sometimes prevents a horrible life,” (Forum, March 23): Ms. Conners writes that abortion can spare a child some possible future physical abuse by a mother who does not want it. But may I suggest another option. It’s called adoption. If a woman becomes pregnant through consensual intercourse and does not want the child, there are thousands of couples across the country who are childless and long to have a family. If a couple engages in sex that leads to a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57724616@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Letter: Utah adoption laws archaic; fathers can be great single parents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698931-82/adoption-child-fathers-rep.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698931-82/adoption-child-fathers-rep.html.csp">Letter: Utah adoption laws archaic; fathers can be great single parents</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T07:45:35.013-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 07:45AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The comments made by Rep. Edward Redd and Rep. LaVar Christensen regarding the recently passed changes to Utah’s antiquated and irrational adoption laws were absolutely outrageous (“Utah lawmakers make move to stop adoption ‘forum shopping,’” Tribune, March 14). Referring to these fathers who have made extensive efforts to become a parent to their child as “sperm donors” is an attack on all single fathers. After my mother left our family when I was only 5 and made no attempt to gain custody, m...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57698931@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:45:35 MDT Letter: Kudos to Rep. Redd for apology http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57702904-82/redd-rep-mistake-admitting.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57702904-82/redd-rep-mistake-admitting.html.csp">Letter: Kudos to Rep. Redd for apology</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:05.701-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Holy smokes! Kudos to Rep. Edward Redd (“Rep. Redd is sorry for comment about ‘semen donors’,” Forum, March 19) for admitting a mistake and apologizing for it. His message is clear that he learned from his mistake and now has a better understanding of the complexities of adoption and paternal rights. It seems less and less often that we hear politicians being so frank and honest. Thank you, Rep. Redd! John R. Peterson Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57702904@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Letter: Gayle Ruzicka should have no more influence than any voter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693556-82/ruzicka-gayle-bill-influence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693556-82/ruzicka-gayle-bill-influence.html.csp">Letter: Gayle Ruzicka should have no more influence than any voter</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T01:01:02.533-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I have a question that’s puzzled me since I came to Utah. Exactly who the hell is Gayle Ruzicka and her Eagle Forum? Every time I read of a bill being introduced in the Legislature that sounds as though it should at least be discussed, the shadow of Gayle Ruzicka darkens a committee hearing and, if she disapproves, it never sees the light of the voting process (“Rolly: Did the ghost of Eagle Forum kill adoption bill again?” Opinion, March 12). I’ve checked the records and she doesn’t hold any ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693556@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Letter: Rep. Redd is sorry for comment about ‘semen donors’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693512-82/comment-adoption-donors-semen.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693512-82/comment-adoption-donors-semen.html.csp">Letter: Rep. Redd is sorry for comment about ‘semen donors’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T05:56:45.727-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 05:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I apologize for deeply offending many people with my comment about semen donors during the recent legislative session (“Utah lawmakers make move to stop adoption ‘forum shopping,’” Tribune, March 14). The discussion at the time of my comment was about adoption and paternal rights. It was not my intent to diminish or offend any father who is trying to be part of his child’s life. What did I learn from this experience? I learned that I do not have all of life’s perspectives. Because of my comm...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693512@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:56:45 MDT Utah lawmakers make move to stop adoption ‘forum shopping’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57682530-78/utah-adoption-birth-child.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57682530-78/utah-adoption-birth-child.html.csp">Utah lawmakers make move to stop adoption ‘forum shopping’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brooke Adams</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T21:28:54.913-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 09:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An unwed mother who is in Utah for less than 90 days before proceeding with an adoption would now have to provide more information about the child’s potential biological father, a requirement aimed at ending “forum shopping” and end-runs around unmarried fathers who live in other states, under a bill passed by the Utah Legislature. Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, told his colleagues Utah has become a haven for “quick adoptions” involving out-of-state birth mothers and cited two recent cases invol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57682530@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:28:54 MDT Rolly: Did the ghost of Eagle Forum kill adoption bill again? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57682573-82/bill-ruzicka-adoption-committee.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57682573-82/bill-ruzicka-adoption-committee.html.csp">Rolly: Did the ghost of Eagle Forum kill adoption bill again?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T17:27:01.518-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 05:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I wrote last year that a bill making it easier for adopted children and their birth parents to have each other’s contact information was dead on arrival in the Utah House because Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka opposed it. I also pointed out that the House Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously against giving the bill a favorable recommendation after Ruzicka testified that it would encourage mothers to get abortions rather than opt for adoption. And I pointed out that Ruzicka...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57682573@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:27:01 MDT Utah high court weighs appeal in Pennsylvania man's adoption case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57632815-78/brooks-adoption-utah-law.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57632815-78/brooks-adoption-utah-law.html.csp">Utah high court weighs appeal in Pennsylvania man's adoption case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brooke Adams</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T22:42:02.534-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 10:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An attorney for a Pennsylvania man told the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday that the state should not allow “forum shopping” by birth mothers who simply are trying to avoid complying with adoption law in their home states. Attorney Wes Hutchins asked the court to find his client, Jacob David Brooks of Erie, Pa., was improperly kept from intervening in his son’s adoption two years ago because Utah law, unlike Pennsylvania’s law, does not require notice in cases where a child is conceived as a resu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57632815@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:42:02 MDT Same-sex couples say state is interfering with adoptions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57609265-78/kimberly-state-amber-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57609265-78/kimberly-state-amber-utah.html.csp">Same-sex couples say state is interfering with adoptions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brooke adams | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T16:21:48.725-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When Amber and Kimberly Leary first met, the attraction was instant. But Amber wanted to make one thing clear before they began dating: she wanted to be a mom someday and was looking for a partner who also wanted a family — which, as it turned out, was a priority for Kimberly, too. That was more than six years ago. Today, the women are mothers to a 15-month-old girl, but only Amber, the biological mother, is their child’s legal parent. They moved quickly to resolve that conundrum by marrying wi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57609265@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:21:48 MDT Court gives dad second chance in adoption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57593247-78/utah-adoption-carlton-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57593247-78/utah-adoption-carlton-court.html.csp">Court gives dad second chance in adoption</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brooke Adams</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T22:37:23.535-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 10:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court judge erred when he refused to let a Pennsylvania war veteran amend a paternity petition aimed at stopping the Utah adoption of his daughter and dismissed his constitutional claims. The court found that had 4th District Judge Steven Hansen allowed Christopher Carlton to amend his petition to add the adoptive parents as defendants, it would have addressed a standing issue subsequently used in part to bar the unwed father from intervening in the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57593247@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:37:23 MDT