"The Best Feeling": Congrats to Gay Dad Families that Grew in April!
Congratulations to these gay dads on the latest additions to their family!
Congratulations to dads Brian and Jeff on the adoption of their son Israel!
On February 15, 2017, the adoption of Israel (Izzy) was finalized and Brian (above, left), Jeff (above, right) officially became dads to their son. This Grand Rapids family are now working on finalizing the adoption of their second son, Andrè. They cannot thank the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and D.A. Blodgett - St. John's enough for being amazing partners through the process.
Brian and Jeff: "Our adoption day was an amazing day filled with family and friends and overwhelming joy for all three of us. Our journey actually began by hosting exchange students, we decided we loved being dads but didn't want to have babies. We immediately looked at foster kids as an option. Our boys (another adoption is in the works) came from a large group home in Grand Rapids, and both wanted to be part of a healthy family."
Thank you for sharing your exciting news with us, Brian and Jeff!
Congratulations to dads Joe and Christian on the adoption of their daughter Amiyah Grace!
On National Adoption Day last year, November 18, dads Joe (above, left) and Christian (above, right) finalized the adoption of their daughter. This forever family of three lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Christian: "The day was surreal for the both of us, the moment we met Amiyah there no doubt we all belonged together. The ceremony just made it official. We're loving every day!"
The two dads have been fostering Amiyah's little sister since she was 3 weeks old and they're hoping to adopt her this year and bring their forever family to four.
Congratulations to dad Phonz on the adoption of his son Christopher!
Phonz first fostered Christopher for a year before the adoption was finalized on February 2, 2017. Phonz went through the New York foster care system, and the father and son live in the Bronx.
Phonz describes the adoption as "the greatest gift of all!" We're over the moon for this forever family of two!
Photo credit: Jessica Ditore Photography
Congratulations to dads Ozzie and Bart on the birth of their children Nadia and Jacob!
Ozzie (above, left) and Bart (above, right) are over the moon with the birth of their two little ones on March 16, 2017, via surrogacy!
"We both thought the moment we first called each other husband was beyond amazing," the two new dads shared. "We never believed there could be a better feeling UNTIL someone said to us, 'Your son and your daughter!' Now THAT is the best feeling."
Share your momentous occasions and news with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 2 years ago, we spoke with experienced filmmaker Carlton Smith about his documentary featuring gay dad families created through foster-adopt. It was a heartfelt project that shone a light on the number of children in foster care (roughly 400,000 as referenced at the time) who desperately needed a home. And the large population of same-sex couples, many newly married, who were interested in starting families of their own.
"Let's skip," my daughter said on our way to school the other week. She took my hand and started skipping along, pulling me forward to urge me to do the same.
Wouldn't it look, well, gay, for me to skip down the street? In public? I wasn't willingly going to make myself look like a sissy.
As part of our ongoing #GWKThenAndNow series, we talk to dads who have gone the distance and been together a great many years. Terry and Michael have been together 15 years, have two children, and live in Orlando, Florida. We find out how it began, and what they look for in a partner in life, love and fatherhood.
Johnathon and Corey, both 29, met in 2011 working for the same employer. And since their first date, they've been inseparable. Johnathon is a full-time student pursuing a degree in Human Services, and once he completes his degree, he will return to his Native American tribe to help fellow Native American families in need. Corey is a stay-at-home dad. Together they adopted 6-year-old twins, Greyson and Porter, from foster care on June 1, 2017. We caught up with the first-time dads to see how fatherhood was treating them.
The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.