Wishing these growing families a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations to these gay men on their recent and expectant births, adoption finalizations and foster-adopt journeys, from all of us here at Gays With Kids!
Congratulations to Taylor and Michael on the adoption of Jack!
Michael and Taylor first met Jack in August 2016 when they began fostering him. (The two left photos above are from the first day they met Jack.) Around 18 months later, the dads finalized the adoption of their son in Los Angeles, California.
And how would the dads describe the day? As "pure joy and love!"
"From the first time meeting Jack, we knew he was our son," said Taylor. And on adoption day, the dads agree they felt huge relief that Jack was legally part of the family.
Congratulations dads-to-be Damien and Tim on their exciting news!
Damien and Tim were matched with a birth mom several weeks ago and they're moving forward together. A baby boy is arriving in August, and they couldn't be more thrilled!
"We were elated when we found out she chose us!" said Damien. "Even when you think you're ready for the news, the moment and the following few days are much more amazing than we could have predicted. Now we're moving gayly forward in our preparations."
We're so excited for these two to realize their dream of fatherhood and can't wait to follow their journey!
Congratulations to dads Chris and Zac on the birth of their son Jett!
Husbands Zac and Chris welcomed Jett into their family October 15, 2017. This family of three was created through adoption and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"We never knew the true meaning of love until the moment we saw our son," said Chris.
"It's hard to put into words the feelings we felt when we saw our son for the first time," added Zac, "but seeing him melted our hearts."
Congratulations to this new family of three!
Congratulations to dads James and Ryan on the adoption of Caden!
James and Ryan are the proud new dads to baby Caden whom they adopted on April 23, 2018. Caden joins big sister Chiara, making these Orange County residents a family of four.
"We never thought in a million years that we would be blessed with another child," said James. "He has expanded our hearts more than we could ever imagine."
Congratulations to dads Chad and Ray on the birth of their daughter, Diana!
Born via surrogacy in Savannah, Georgia, Diana came into the world on April 13, 2018. Her two dads, Chad and Ray, are thrilled to finally be dads!
"The saying 'love makes a family' was never truer than the day Diana was born," said Chad. "Being in the room with our surrogate Liz and her husband Jeff as Diana Elizabeth entered this world felt like all of our dreams coming true."
"We started this journey hoping to expand our family by one, but we ended up gaining a new brother, sister, and two amazing kids to boot," said Ray. "Our lives will never be the same and I wouldn't want it any other way!"
Congrats to this awesome family!
Congratulations to Stephen and Mauricio on the birth of their daughter Isabella!
Stephen and Mauricio stared their journey to become parents as foster dads. It took them over 2 years to become licensed, but they were never selected. When they turned to adoption, their first birth mother decided to keep the baby a week before the due date. But the dads-to-be didn't give up hope, and decided to try private adoption, and it finally happened. Introducing Isabella, born April 28.
"That morning, we rushed to the hospital after getting the news that our birthmom was finally in labor," shared Mauricio. "Once she delivered we had the honor to cut the cord and be abel to witness the birth."
Both the dads' families were in the waiting room of the hospital, ready to celebrate the arrival of Isabella.
"The rush of joy, happiness and excitement was like no other," said Stephen. "Having our families around and being able to experience it together was the greatest feeling on earth; the outpour of support and cheers from friends made this day uunforgettable."
The dads already cannot wait to try for baby number 2!
Congratulations to Tyler and Ernie on finalizing the adoption of their daughter!
Ernie and Tyler first grew their family when they fostered to adopt their son Anthony. He was 4 years old when he first joined his two dads. In 2017, the dads began fostering Ella, and in April 2018, they finalized her adoption.
"The day we finalized we felt a huge sense of pride and joy," said Tyler. "We love her so much and my son even said, 'Now she's family forever.'"
"My husband and I feel relieved it was official and took comfort in knowing she would be our daughter forever," added Ernie.
Congratulations to dads Lee and Michael on finalizing the adoption of son Rhys!
Michael and Lee first became Rhys' dads when he was placed with them at 3 months old. 9 months later, his adoption was finalized!
"The day the adoption was finalized was absolutely amazing!" shared Lee. "Knowing he is legally our son and took our surname... he was ours from the moment we met him."
This family of three live in Warrington, England.
Congratulations to dads Charles and DaRel on finalizing the adoption of Braeden!
Charles and DaRel met their son Braeden on July 31, 2017 when he was just 5 days old and still at the hospital. Nine months later, their officially his dads!
"We felt excited and happy that our family was complete," said DaRel. "And very thankful to be surrounded by so many family members and friends who love us."
Congratulations to this awesome family of three from Mitchellville, Maryland.
Congratulations to dads Sam and Jason on the birth of their twins!
Dads Sam and Jason welcomed two new additions to their family: twin sisters for big brother Leo! Lila and Lane were born May 7, 2018 via surrogate.
"The moment we saw our twin girls we felt joy and love and couldn't wait to share the moment with our son Leo!" said Sam.
This family of five live in Nashville, Tennessee.