Meet Russ, Mark and Their Teenage Kids
Meet gay dads Russ and Mark and their two teenage kids. Russ and Mark met in 2009 and married three years later in New York City. They had a reception on their farm a week later where the kids played an integral part of the celebration.
Russ is the biological dad to his two amazing kids from a previous marriage; Russ got married at 22, before he discovered his "true self.”
Russ is a teacher by trade, but after coming out he went back to school for a second master’s degree and now works part time as a mental health therapist, working largely with LGBT youth.
Russ and Mark co-parent with the biological mother of Russ's children. Their daughter spends time both at their house and with her mother; their son lives with Mark and Russ full time.
Both teenagers adore Mark. Russ and Mark are seriously contemplating adopting a third child together.
They have been through all the home studies, finished their parenting classes and have cleared all hurdles; now they’re just waiting for the call from the agency!
Mark and Russ renewed their vows last year in Central Park; this time both their kids were there to celebrate with them.
“Mark is in every way a father to my children,” says Russ. "Life is exactly the way it should be.” Congratulations to this awesome family!