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Mom’s “Birth Announcement” for Son Shines Spotlight on Older Child Adoption

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Odds are, you probably have thousands of photos of your children stashed on your hard drive, stuffed into scrapbooks or displayed in picture frames. But for kids who aren’t adopted until they’re much older, baby pictures can be hard to come by, if not downright impossible. For photographer Kelli Higgins, that issue hit home—two of her children, Latrell and Chanya, were adopted by her when they were 10 and 5 years old—and came to her family without a single baby picture.

Fast forward to this year: As Kelli prepared to do a baby portrait for one of her clients, Latrell mentioned how he wished he’d had a baby picture of himself. While the family joked about him in all those classic newborn poses, the idea stuck with Latrell and his mom. “I was very sad too because I didn’t have any photos of him either,” Kelli told the Today Show. “I think it’s really hard to have children and not know what they looked like when they were younger.”

And so, Kelli arranged a photo shoot for her son and crafted a standard baby announcement, sharing the news of her son’s birth—13 years later. The images went viral, and Kelli hopes that they bring attention to the 100,000+ older children who are available for adoption here in the U.S. through the foster care system.

What do you think about her birth announcement? If you’ve adopted older children, how have you dealt with the lack of baby pictures and other mementos from their first years?

Image: Latrell’s birth announcement by Kelli Higgins Photography

 

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Report: 1 in 5 U.S. Children at Risk of Hunger
The nonprofit Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks around the United States, reports one in five children are at risk of hunger. For children in African-American or Latino households, it’s closer to one in three.

Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care
Foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychosis drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled youngsters on Medicaid, a new study suggests.

20 Students Now Accused in L.I. Case on Cheatings
What began as rumors at a Long Island high school has resulted in charges against 20 students and calls for widespread test reform.

Consumer Group Releases Annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ Report
Just a few days before Black Friday signals the beginning of holiday shopping fury, the U.S. Public Interest Group has released its 26th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, alerting consumers to the dangers and toxins that can still be found in children’s toys.

Parents of Flour Tots in Video: That Mess Was Real
“Kids Trash Home With Flour in Minutes” has become a viral sensation, with some two million views on YouTube in less than a week. But the video — showing Vince and Mary Napoli’s 3-year-old and 16-month old boys spreading flour willy-nilly all over the family living room — has elicited cries of hoax.

Doll’s Baby Talk Sounds Like Cursing
Parents question talking “You and Me” toy’s baby babble.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Number of U.S. Kids Injured on Halloween Is Scary
Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other night of the year, according to experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bill Would Overhaul No Child Left Behind
Senator Tom Harkin’s bill would dismantle the provisions of the Bush-era law that used standardized test scores to label tens of thousands of public schools as failing.

Stutterer Speaks Up in Class; His Professor Says Keep Quiet
At the County College of Morris in New Jersey, a history teacher showed little patience with Philip Garber Jr. when he raised his hand.

Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Better Toddler Talk
Women who took folic acid supplements in the first two months of pregnancy were less likely to have kids with severe language delays in a new study from Norway.

Got Water? Schools Scramble to Provide Kids Most Basic Supply
Across the country, administrators are scrambling to comply with a new federal requirement that free drinking water be offered at lunch as part of an ongoing push to improve the health of the nation’s 49 million public school children.

Foster Children Gain Protection from ID Theft
A new federal law intended to protect foster children from identity theft is just the first step to ensuring foster children enter adulthood with a clean slate, said the Rhode Island congressman behind the initiative.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Just 60 Babies Adopted Last Year in England
The number of babies adopted in England fell to 60 last year despite a sharp rise in the number of children in care.

Hispanic Children in Poverty Exceed Whites, Study Finds
Hispanic children living in poverty in the United States outnumber poor white children for the first time, a demographic shift that was hastened by the recession, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Abducted Foster Children Found in Pennsylvania, Police Say
After nearly a week on the run, two fugitive parents and their eight children, who were abducted from foster care in Queens during a visit with their mother, were apprehended in Harrisburg, Pa., the authorities said Tuesday.

Don’t Call My Kid Fat! Parents Want Doctors to Talk About ‘Unhealthy Weight’
New research in the journal Pediatrics finds that Mom and Dad recoil when doctors describe their children as “fat” or “obese.” They would prefer to hear that their kids are hovering at an “unhealthy weight.”

Students and Teachers Protest Limits on Web Access
Some school leaders and education advocates have argued that the Internet can be a distraction in the classroom, and that blocking social media is also a way to protect students from bullying and harassment at school.

Parents Television Council Claims Victory in ‘Playboy Club’ Boycott
The conservative media-watchdog group, which has called for a boycott of the series, issued a release Wednesday crowing that seven advertisers have pulled out of the series since its premiere last week.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Jews, Muslims join to block San Francisco Circumcision Ban
An unlikely coalition of Jews and Muslims on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, a procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths.

Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in US Report
Strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits are needed to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States, says an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday. (Yahoo)

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Good Deed for National Foster Care Month

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

dogoodvsat-nodateIn honor of National Foster Care Month in May, the Toy Industry Foundation and My Stuff Bags Foundation are hosting the 3rd Annual Do Good Stuff-a-Thon, in which volunteers pull together duffel bags full of toys, toiletries, clothing, and other essentials for needy kids in foster care. If you are interested in helping out, the Virtual Do Good Stuff-a-Thon site is set up to collect donations. Click here to participate or find out more information.

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