This guest post is by Trey Darnell, an adoptive father.
It is hard to fathom that it has been two and a half years since we decided to become parents through an open adoption. In February 2014, we were able to finalize our adoption of Harper in Washington County, Tennessee.
You might wonder why I mention the county and state. Living in Washington County and in the state of Tennessee, we are not provided any protections being a same-sex couple or Harper’s two dads.
Today is an enormous and important day for my family and me. The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of state laws that prohibit marriage equality to the LGBT community.
Tennessee is one of the four states that will have their case argued in front of what we refer to as the “Supremes”. There is a lot of forward movement and expectations that equality for our family will become reality. Continue reading →
Between the two of us, we have waited six times (and counting) for “the call” that would tell us we were parents by adoption.Each adoption was different, but there was something that remained consistent: the emotions we faced. Continue reading →
It’s a question I’ve been asked many times — by my closest friends, by my mother and most importantly, by my son’s birthmother: “How do you know you will love a child who is not your own flesh and blood?”
For me, the answer is simple: My journey to motherhood may have been unimaginable, but the love I had for my son always existed!
Let me explain: I was raised in a large Italian Catholic family. My mother was one of seven children and my father was one of five children.
My parents instilled in me the belief that with hard work, commitment and dedication, you will be able to get everything you want out of life.
I naturally assumed that after I got married I would be able to start a family. It never crossed my mind that it would not happen for me as it did for everyone else in my family. Continue reading →