There's a fantastic long read up at Aeon Magazine about the science of child development and the ethics of running scientific experiments on vulnerable populations. Virginia Hughes goes to Romania to follow a long-term study comparing children placed in orphanages with children placed in foster homes. The catch: Scientists already know that foster homes are better for kids than institutions
. But that fact isn't well-known or accepted in Romania. So scientists had to ask — is it ethical to run an experiment involving kids when you already know the answer if there's a chance that it might help other kids in the future?
My journalism school classmate Clay Wirestone has a fantastic series at the Concord Monitor, describing the stories and struggles of gay and lesbian parents as they adopt and raise children. It starts with the story of his own adoption, with his husband Max, of their now 2-year-old son Baxter
. Other entries in the series examine how the legal landscape of gay parenting has changed in the last 20 years
; the issues of language, word choice, and gender
that GLBT families deal with; and the diverse stories
of other families.
Photographer, animal-lover, and Boing Boing reader heiney
shares this photograph
in our Boing Boing Flickr pool, and explains that this was a shot from the Animal Network
Holiday Adoption Low Cost Vaccination/chip Photo Event at Ann Road Animal Hospital
, Las Vegas NV.
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