Henry Amador Joins the Southern Advisory Council

posted on Wed, Nov 19 2014 12:04 pm by Tatiana Quiroga

Family Equality Council is happy to welcome our newest Southern Advisory Council member, Henry Amador. Henry currently lives in Durham, North Carolina and is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community .  He and his husband were the first same-sex couple to jointly adopt a child in Broward County Florida —setting legal precedence.  He is a certified Holistic Life Coach and specializes in teaching advanced life skills. Henry is also the founding mind behind parenting blog, DADsquared, and has developed it into an amazing resource and support destination for gay dads and dads to be.  His clear leadership skills, belief in service and passion for building and strengthening the LGBTQ community will certainly aid us with working towards a better world for all our children as well as connecting and securing our families in the South.

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Pioneers in Florida: The Amador Batten Family Story

posted on Wed, Nov 19 2014 9:56 am by Henry Amador

My husband Joel and I always knew we wanted to be fathers.

Living in Florida at the time we knew that the political climate in 2009-2010 was not extremely favorable for two gay men wanting to grow a family. We were so excited when we learned that the ban on gay adoptions was no longer being enforced and we immediately began our journey towards parenthood.

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6 Kids and Counting: The Keane Family Story

posted on Tue, Nov 18 2014 10:46 am by Mary Keane

I began my journey into parenthood thirteen years ago when fourteen year old Jennifer came to my home. Although I was unable to adopt Jennifer, I have remained an active part of Jennifer’s life as a mentor and mother figure.

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FORMING A FAMILY THROUGH ADOPTION PT. 3

posted on Tue, Nov 18 2014 9:32 am by Joyce Kauffman, Esq.

Attorney Joyce Kauffmann of Ask the Experts shares professional insight in part three of this four part series on forming a family through adoption.  This week, she answers the question, "How can a parent legally protect their partner’s child if they’re not married?"

Do you have questions about adoption? Ask attorney Kauffmann during our Talk Back Tuesday chat on Twitter, November 18 at 7pm. Submit your questions using #FECTalk and follow @family_equality on Twitter for expert advice on forming your family.

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A Forever Family in our Hearts: THE NORMAND-GUZZARDO FAMILY

posted on Mon, Nov 17 2014 11:29 am by John Guzzardo

Being from the conservative South, the unknown of the adoption process and what obstacles might be ahead of us was definitely not overshadowed by our desire to create a family of our own and open our lives to a child.  After talking with both private and state adoption agencies, we made the decision to pursue adoption through the foster care system after learning about the strong need for adoptive families in our state and also realizing the number of older children who were available for adoption.  Honestly, until this point, the thought of adopting an older child was not even something we had considered in the past.  In Louisiana, as in so many other states, adoption by a non-married couple is not legal.  Despite this, we found the entire process and most of the case workers we encountered very open to our relationship.  This is not to say that there were some who simply didn’t know how to handle a gay couple, but we really had no issues once they got to know us and realized that our wish to have a family was no different than any other couple.

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