Gay Dad Life

"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."


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