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No Jews Allowed

When I read about the passage of House Bill 3859, I was transported back in time – but not, as you might expect, to the 1950s. The Texas House approved this throwback bill, sanctioning faith-based adoption agencies, and foster care agencies, to turn away whomever they choose to, based on religious grounds. Essentially, that translates into most of us – the vast majority of ...

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A Legacy of Life Lessons From My Mother

I lost my mother in 1986. She was 57 years old. She had fought a long battle, that began with a breast cancer diagnosis. Mom was cancer free for five years, and went in for a checkup. We all thought she looked great, but the news was not good. The cancer had metastasized to her bones. She would die two years later....

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Family Building: Domestic Newborn Adoption and Gestational Surrogacy

by Marni Denenberg, J.D., B.A.

I started working in the family building field over ten years ago, first in the field of private, newborn infant adoption, and now in the field of gestational surrogacy. Within a few weeks of working at the surrogacy agency I received a call from a family considering both private adoption and surrogacy. They...

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Motherhood: Are You in, or Are You Out?

By Stacey A. Pawlak, Ph.D.

As Mother’s Day approaches, women of reproductive age take part in the Mommy Draft, whether we’re ready to play or not. Team Mom is generally seen as the ‘winning’ team, what with the cards, brunch specials, floral arrangements, macaroni necklaces, and shout-outs in the community, at church, and on social media. Every other w...

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