Gay Dad Photo Essays

"We Finally Qualify for Legoland!" Congrats to These Gay Dads on Their Growing Families

Wishing these growing families a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations to these gay men on their recent births and adoptions from all of us here at Gays With Kids!

Our latest roundup of births and adoptions! Congrats to the happy families!

Congratulations to James and Mike on finalizing the adoption of their son, Matthew!

Matthew joins big sister Noel as part of James and Mike's forever family. The dads adopted Noel when she was 2 (she's now 12), and Matthew came to them in August. On March 8, 2018, the 5-year-old's adoption was finalized.

"It's hard to put into words the feeling of adoption day because it's an emotional time," said James. "We're overjoyed to be adding to our family; relief for the process to be finalized, and absolutely terrified because we are now responsible for the health and happiness of another human!"

Congratulations to this family from Roseville, California!

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Gay Dads + Kids = MAJOR Family Halloween Costumes

All October long, we'll be posting pics of gay dads and their major Halloween costumes from previous years for inspiration! We'll ALSO let you know where to get the looks!

We've said it before and we'll say it again — NO ONE does Halloween (aka queer Christmas) better than the gays. So if you're in need of some inspiration for this year's family costume, look no further! We selected 31 of our favorites off Instagram from last year, one for each spooky day of October, to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can't wait to see what creepy, creative and/or cute costumes dads have up their sleeves (or maybe capes?) this year!

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Pics of the Moment Before and After Gay Men Become Dads

Dig through your phones — what was the last pic taken of you BEFORE you became a dad?

We all have THAT photo: the one taken moments after we become fathers for the first time. For some of us, we're doing "skin to skin" in a delivery room. For others, we're standing proudly alongside our newly adopted child and judge in a courtroom. However or wherever it happens, though, we make sure to snap a picture of it.

But what about that last photo BEFORE you first became a dad? What does that image look like, we wondered? Well, we asked our Instagram community to dig through through phones and find out. Some of us are enjoying a last carefree meal or glass of wine, others of us are captured nervously contemplating our futures. Whatever it is, we've decided these BEFORE pictures are just as meaningful.

Enjoy some of our favorites! Want to play along? Dig through your phones and send us your pics to dads@gayswithkids.com!

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Gay Dad Life

This Dream is For Real: Congrats to Gay Men Whose Family's Grew in May!

Wishing all of these gay dads a lifetime of happiness! Congrats to everyone in our community on their recent births and adoptions!

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!

Chad and Ray with Diana and their surrogate, Liz

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.

Surrogacy for Gay Men

A Dream Becomes Reality, After a Men Having Babies Conference

New Yorkers David and Brian said their dreams of fatherhood crystalized only after receiving a "ton of information" at a Men Having Babies conference.

New Yorkers David F.M. Vaughn 39, and Brian Becker, 37, are new dads. Over the past three months, the two most important things they've learned as fathers is "patience, and how to swaddle LIKE A CHAMP!" David and Brian chose surrogacy as their path to fatherhood, but making that decision was one of the more difficult parts of their journey. Brian's siblings are adopted, and while they still want to make adoption part of their family journey, certain opportunities arose that made their surrogacy decision easier. Brian's sister enthusiastically offered to be their gestational surrogate, and they discovered more about the process with the help of Men Having Babies (MHB).

But let's jump back to the beginning of their story.

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Foster/Foster-Adopt

Your Foster Adopt Questions Answered by a Foster Adopt Dad

We asked our Instagram community to send us their questions about being a foster dad — and an experienced foster dad responded.

Dad Joseph Bostick (read his story here) recently shared his experience as a foster and adoptive dad with our Instagram community via a question and answer session - did you feel nervous at the beginning? How did you start the process? Did you always know that you wanted to foster older kids?

Read Joseph's responses below.

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Gay Surrogacy in the U.S. for International Dads

Kristin Marsoli of Circle Surrogacy breaks down the process of surrogacy for gay men outside of the United States

Written by Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, who has been helping international gay men become dads for over two decades.

Becoming a gay dad through a surrogacy agency in the U.S. – when you live outside of the United States – can feel overwhelming. You may have questions such as: Why should I come all the way to the US for surrogacy? What do I need to know as an international intended parent? How do I get my baby home?

We spoke with Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation who has been working with international gay parents for over two decades. Circle Surrogacy was founded by a gay dad and lawyer, and is the most successful surrogacy agency with a full legal team on staff who are experts working with international parents.

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Coming Out

My Gay Shame Is Officially Cancelled

After years of feeling ashamed of being gay, David Blacker has finally overcome it. And his son had a lot to do with it.

Scrolling through my social media feeds, reading all the posts about National Coming Out Day reminds me just how valuable it is for us to share our stories and be as open, vulnerable and authentic as possible. Warning: this article is about to get real AF, so now might be a good time to switch back to the Face-Aging app that gives Russia all your personal data.

Oh good, you stayed. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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