Life as a parastic twin, parents who adopt and then give their children back to the state and other parenting news and advice.

Twins, triplets and quadruplets used to be an anomaly, but since 1980 multiple births have increased by 70 percent. In a special issue by Slate, several writers examine how twins have impacted society: from the less-talked about role of half-formed siblings to the history of double strollers. (Slate)

Adoption agencies often devote much of their resources to recruiting parents willing to adopt, but don’t put the same effort into helping these families establish a comfortable and safe home environment, experts say. “We place them in an adoptive home and we don't support or train the parents ... we sometimes set families up to fail and then those children are placed back in the system," said Rita Soronen, president of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in an Associated Press article. Without support, some families may return the adopted child to the state’s custody, finding that they aren’t equipped to handle kids with mental health and emotional problems. The Associated Press looks at which states track the number of failed adoptions, and why some families feel forced to give up their adopted kids. (Associated Press).

The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins Saturday and runs each weekend through Oct. 23. Jousting matches, juggling acts, fire eaters and other performances will take place. Ticket prices range for those ages 7 and up, but are free for children age 6 and younger. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 1821 Crownsville Road in Annapolis. (KidFriendly DC)