12:46 PM EDT 11/04/2013
Originally posted 11/01/2013 02:00PM
Bippity boppity boo! A family dream come true.
Six children without forever families in Clark County, Nev., received a memorable treat on Halloween (Thursday) when they were greeted in court by their very own fairy godmother who delivered sparkling news about their futures.
Judge Cynthia Giuliani, decked out in a sequined white dress, cape and tiara, made wishes come true for the kids, granting formal adoptions in costume befitting the spirit of the holiday, television station KTNV reports.
Originally posted 10/29/2013 05:35PM
When Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson saw a tabloid proclaiming that he was adopting again, he had to pick up a copy.
"I always like to read what I'm up to," he tells PEOPLE with a laugh. "[The tabloids] always seem to know what's up with my life before I do."
So what's the truth? Does he really want to adopt again? "I will never say never," he says firmly. "Adoption is something very close to my heart. We are not currently in the process of adoption, but I always keep an open mind and heart to it."
Robertson, 41, and his wife, Korie, 40, adopted their son Will, 11, when he was just five weeks old – and have always been open with him about his past. "It's never been a secret," says Robertson. "For one thing, he's biracial, so it was obvious. But here's the thing: when we look at him, we don't see an adopted kid. It doesn't even cross our minds. He's as much ours as our biological children."
Originally posted 10/21/2013 02:15PM
Davion Only's prayers have been answered.
The 15-year-old orphan went to a Sunday church service in St. Petersburg, Fla., last month to request that a family adopt him. Only's story has since gotten national attention – and he's received more than 10,0000 responses, so far.
"Some of them already have [the required] adoptive-home setting," Connie Going, his caseworker, said on Monday's The View.
"I'll take anyone," Only has said. "Anyone who will love me," he reiterated on The View.
But Only will have the opportunity to choose a family that is a good fit for him.
Originally posted 10/17/2013 02:45PM
Davion Only believes that God helps those who help themselves.
So on Sunday, the orphaned 15-year-old went to church in a donated black suit that was too big for him and asked for the one thing that he wants most – a family.
"I'll take anyone," he told the Tampa Bay Times. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
Originally posted 10/01/2013 03:45PM
As adoptive parents know, waiting for their child to come home is a happy – and nerve-racking – time.
For Dr. Jennifer Arnold, 39, and husband Bill Klein, 38, of TLC's The Little Couple, their path to parenthood has included heartbreak as well as joy. Earlier this year, they welcomed son Will home from China. Now, it looks as if they'll be doubly blessed in 2013 – the couple has been given the final approval to travel to India to pick up their new daughter, Zoey.
They share the happy news in an episode of their show airing Tuesday (10 p.m. ET) on TLC. While Will is learning his alphabet, Jen finds out that their final approval from the orphanage in India has come through in an exclusive clip from the episode (see below).
"We are thrilled to pieces that this is actually finally happening," Arnold says. "I think the process has made Bill and I at moments very nervous, anxious, but now I feel like I can actually start to get a little excited."
Originally posted 08/20/2013 02:00PM
There are cases of hellish abuse – and then there was Jed.
Born to severely mentally ill parents, he was found in rural Robeson County, N.C., at age 3, emaciated and chained to a bed, eating from a dog bowl on the floor. Child protective services tried to place him in foster homes – some good and others troubled – but the traumatized youngster stole, attacked his foster parents and ran away.
"One time Jed came to my office, crying and said, 'Won't I ever have a family? Won't anybody ever love me?' " says Denise Little, a social worker, who worked with Jed for years.
Originally posted 04/16/2013 11:00AM
Originally posted 03/26/2013 11:25AM
They have 19 children, two grandchildren and one more on the way, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say that doesn't necessarily mean their family is complete.
"We are open to the idea of adoption," Michelle, 45, tells PEOPLE. "We are praying about it, and we will see what God has in store. Love for children has been placed on our hearts."
The ever-expanding crew – eldest son Josh, 25, and his wife, Anna, 24, just recently announced they are expecting their third child in June – were moved by a visit to an orphanage in China on their recent trip there.
Originally posted 09/04/2012 09:15AM
Tough-as-nails trainer Jillian Michaels is returning to NBC's The Biggest Loser when the weight-loss competition returns in January for its 14th season.
The new season will also tackle the problem of childhood obesity, adding contestants between the ages of 13 and 17 who will compete alongside adult contestants, according to reports. But the teens won't face elimination on the show and will not be weighed for the broadcast.
Michael's long-awaited return comes after the fitness guru announced in December 2010 that the show's 11th season would be her last. At the time, she told fans, "I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work."
Originally posted 08/06/2012 02:15PM
Adopting a child into an already established family can be challenging. But for Denise Richards, adopting baby Eloise has been a seamless transition, thanks in large part to her daughters Sam and Lola.
"To be honest, I didn't want to involve them that early," she said of her 7- and 8-year-old daughters.
"But when you go through the adoption process you have to do a home study, and they have to talk to [your] children, and I didn't want to talk about it with the girls that early, because it was two years before the adoption came through," she said. "I wanted to keep it private, and in our family. I'm actually glad, because it turned out to be a good thing."
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