The State Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., is seen in 2003. The state's top court ruled against the parental rights of a lesbian who adopted her partner's children in Georgia, and she's appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity pray last month at the Mother House, the Missionaries' head office, in Kolkata, India. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Of the roughly 40 houses currently rented in Hope Meadows in Rantou, Ill., 10 are occupied by families who've adopted children from foster care. The rest are occupied by older adults who volunteer to help them. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Bill Jones with his son, Aaron. Courtesy of Bill Jones hide caption

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Makutu Jabateh hugs her daughter, Mabana Konneh, 5, as the little girl returns home to her neighborhood in Jacobstown, Monrovia. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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The new online magazine Gazillion Voices was begun in the hopes of shaping a new national conversation on adoption, the website says. Gazillion Voices hide caption

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologized Thrusday for how thousands of unwed mothers were forced to give up their children from the late-1950s to the '70s. Morne de Klerk/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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