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.
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.
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.
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.
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.