Adoption

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Each day in Erie County, the math doesn't add up for its foster care system. There are some 900 children in foster care, but only about 150 certified foster parents and 140 adoptions each year. Now add a pandemic, and the answer to finding forever homes for these kids becomes even more difficult.


Karen DeWitt

Bravo star Andy Cohen and comedian Michelle Buteau are among those advocating for New York to adopt a law allowing paid gestational surrogacy. But pockets of opposition remain.

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For the first time in 84 years, adopted people born in New York state have access to their original birth certificates. A new law to unseal those records went into effect on Wednesday.

Brad Cupples

Starting Jan. 15, adoptees over the age of 18 in New York state will be able to access their birth certificate without a court order.

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An Orchard Park woman is responding to the recent expletive President Trump used to describe African nations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says eight years ago she adopted her son from Haiti.  

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The Erie County SPCA is helping shelter dogs in areas hit by hurricanes.

When Leah Houghtaling became a mother, time seemed to fast-forward. Taking the time to think and reflect without interruption became challenging and it’s something she says she misses when life is busy. But Leah’s mother, Nancy Daniels, has always been there to talk with her and point out when something ordinary, or extraordinary, becomes a gift. The two did just that when they visited the StoryCorps mobile booth in Buffalo this past October. In our latest installment of the StoryCorps Buffalo series, Leah and Nancy talk about how adoption has been a gift to both of them.

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On any given day, there are hundreds of children in foster care in Erie County. Agencies providing support to those families say there is a “significant need" for more foster homes locally.


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One of more than 700 foster children in Erie County received a special gift in Family Court on Tuesday, just in time for the holidays.


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US Senator Kirsten Gilibrand will be presenting new federal legislation today to open greater opportunities for children seeking new homes.

For many families, adoption is a part of their lives. On this week's You and the Law, attorney Ken Olena joins WBFO's Mike Desmond to talk about how adoption has changed and stayed the same.


 

Local family adopts young boy from Bogota, Colombia

Dec 12, 2012
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A family from Wheatfield welcomed their newly adopted child at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Tuesday night when David and Brandy Andrews adopted a young boy from Colombia.

Approximately 300 children who are waiting to be adopted in Erie County. 

Hundreds of adoptions take place each year in the county.  On this week's edition of You & The Law, WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond talks with Attorney John Brenon about who is adopting and where the children are coming from.