Adoption

Meridian Canine Rescue

Staff and volunteers at a Treasure Valley dog rescue center will spend 24 hours inside kennels with dogs up for adoption. The idea is to show people what it’s like behind the kennel door.

The event is called “Through Their Eyes,” and is the brainchild of Jessica Ewing, Executive Director at Meridian Canine Rescue.

“So we’ll start to kind of see, through the dogs' eyes so to speak, what a day looks like for them,” says Ewing.

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

Charmagne Westcott

Each year, thousands of children are adopted into new families.  When those children grow up, some seek out their biological parents.  That’s what Charmagne Westcott did when she hired a private detective to try and find her birth mother. She sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to remember how she found her biological mother, Sherry Jurd.

Scott Simon is well known to public radio listeners as the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also is the author of several well-received books, including, Baby We Were Meant For Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, published in 2010.