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May 13, 2011

After reports surfaced earlier this year that Jillian Michaels was planning to adopt a child from Africa, the "Biggest Loser" star now says she is in the process of adopting a child from the Congo, CNN reports.

According to the news source, Michaels reportedly announced in December that she was leaving her role on "The Biggest Loser" in order to become a mom and focus on raising a child.

"So the paperwork is done, and now it’s just a waiting game," Michaels told Us Weekly. "It could be six months, twelve months; it could be two years.

May 2, 2011

The debate over same-sex adoptions is rampant across the country, with the state of Arizona being the latest to enter the fray, Fox News reports.

According to the news provider, Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that gives married couples a tie-breaking advantage over singles for adoptions arranged by the state.

Under the new legislation, the state will consider factors such as the relatives of the child, the wishes of those who are at least 12 years of age and the family's ability to meet the child's needs, the news source said.

However, if all the

Apr 22, 2011

The Virginia State Board of Social Services voted against proposed changes that would prohibit faith-based adoption organizations from discriminating against gay adoptions.

According to the Washington Post, the board voted 7 to 2 against the measure, despite various emotional pleas from gay rights advocates.

Apr 12, 2011

Officials within Michigan's state courts and the Department of Human Services are reportedly looking into changing the process for adopting foster children to make it faster, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the process is delayed by a law that dates back to 1935 and requires one official to approve new families.

Mar 31, 2011

A Florida lawsuit filed by a couple from Vancouver, Canada, alleges that a Jacksonville adoption agency did not tell them that the children they adopted had suffered physical and sexual abuse and had gone through four foster homes.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Andrew Dolan and Suzanne Tyler adopted a son and daughter in 2009 through Family Support Services (FSS) of North Florida.