Step-grandpa quietly commits to becoming dad: 'I would die for them.'

Nov. 28, 2019

Nine-year-old Carter had his hair cut the day before. Close on the sides, a little longer on top. He and his new "forever" dad dressed alike: Black button-down shirts. Dark, sturdy blue jeans. Brown boots.

Caity, 5, wore a long, dusty-pink dress printed with white roses and her cowgirl boots, brown too but with pink stitching. Michael McQueen had fixed her long, brown hair just like always:

"I have my own concoction," the step-grandpa said. Leave-in conditioner, a touch of coconut oil and a few drops of olive oil in a spray bottle so that combing through what McQueen calls Caity's '"self-tangling hair" will be a tear-free task.

14 children find their forever homes on adoption day in Hamilton County


Nov 1, 2019



Lives were changed forever -- just in time for the holidays. On Friday, 14 children were adopted into eight families.


It was a chance to celebrate and put an official seal on something they already knew -- these kids have found their forever homes.

Treka Engleman adopted three children today, and it was obvious to see that they all share a very special bond. Engleman lost her mother when she was very young and knew she always wanted to be a mother.

13 children adopted during mass adoption ceremony in Hamilton County


Nov. 2, 2018



On Friday, more than a dozen local children now have forever homes.

This was the 12th annual mass adoption ceremony for Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

It was a packed house in Judge Ralph Winkler's courtroom as 13 children were permanently united with nine forever families.

Couple adopts 5 siblings to keep them together


Jul 27, 2017



A Cincinnati couple adopted five siblings Thursday in order to keep them together.

Will and Julie Rom expanded their family to a party of seven when they adopted William, 12; Truth, 9; Maryahana, 6; Keyora, 3 and KJ, 2 on Thursday.

The Roms have no children of their own, but they’ve been foster parents for a decade and they have fostered the siblings for the past three years.

Endorsement: Winkler for probate court

Oct. 22, 2014

This year’s high-profile race for Hamilton County Probate Court is – or should be – more than a popularity contest.

Better known for handling wills and marriage licenses, the court actually deals with some of society’s most intractable problems, including mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, broken families and aging.

Each party has nominated one of its biggest family names – former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken on the Democratic side and Common Pleas Judge Ralph Winkler on the Republican side – to replace Judge Jim Cissell, who’s too old to run again.

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