Short Dad, Tall Dad:The Porter Family Story

posted on Mon, Nov 24 2014 1:59 pm by Voice of Adoption

Tony McClay Porter and Danny Porter started to consider having a child about 2 years ago. As a school child therapist and a clinical social worker for 10 years, Danny had worked with “many amazing children,” some of them in the foster care system. Knowing there were so many foster children in need of a loving home made the couple’s decision to adopt from foster care an easy one. 

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Single Dad Wins in Florida: The Gil Family Story

posted on Mon, Nov 24 2014 1:35 pm by Martin Gill

I am a single dad who has provided foster care to 26 youngsters over the past 10 years. Two of them, brothers Xavier and Nathaniel, have recently become my sons through adoption. The boys were relieved to finally know that they will remain with their loving father who has cared for them since they arrived as a preschooler and a baby.

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I Got a Dad & a Daddy: The Archer-Kendall Family Story

posted on Mon, Nov 24 2014 12:39 pm by Voice of Adoption

When Mike and Jim finally saw Tristan’s profile on the Oregon pages of the Northwest Adoption Exchange, they had been considering starting a family for years. As a psychologist and a teacher, respectively, they felt their backgrounds had equipped them with “the tools necessary to provide a loving, stable home for a son who may have had a difficult or inconsistent first few years of life.” Adoption from the foster care system seemed the best choice based on what they thought they could offer a new child. “We were a couple with love and guidance and support to give, and there were already many children in the world in need of that,” Jim reflects. 

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Our Adoption Journey: The Wright Family Story

posted on Mon, Nov 24 2014 11:31 am by Brent Wright

Sandis and I were both born and raised in Maine and met in the years right after college, through mutual friends, in the city we were living in at the time, Portland, Maine.  

I had always hoped to be a parent but in the early years of our relationship, Sandis was not as sure. As a young couple we did many of the things that couples without children more freely enjoy – traveled a lot, regular dinners out, etc. but I think a lot of his feelings about parenting as gay man were more deeply formed by the world we grew up in – conservative, rural, and no visible models of gay parents. I think for Sandis especially, being a gay dad just didn’t really even feel like an option.

 

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We Got That Call: Brian Sheerin's Family Story

posted on Fri, Nov 21 2014 2:36 pm by Brian Sheerin

I knew at a very early age that I was gay. Like many of my non-gay friends, while I was growing up, I had dreams about a full life with a career, and family of my own.  When I came out in my late teens, having a committed partner an/or children seemed like an impossible thing to hope for.  We gay and lesbian people were expected to live our lives invisibly.  As my twenties passed, I turned my desire to give into social work with large helpings of social activism on the side.  It didn’t pay much, but it was fulfilling.

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