Two gay parents can create a loving family for two little boys, demonstrates a Feb. 26 article on HuffingtonPost.com. According to Rob Watson's story, he and his partner chose foster care adoption to build their family. As a result, they happily ended up as adoptive parents to two little boys. The boys started as friends, meeting at a playdate. Eventually Watson and his partner adopted both of them.
"Today they act as twins," said Watson, describing his sons. "Because Jesse is physically bigger, they have decided that he is the 'big brother.' Because Jason was born four months earlier, he has been dubbed, by mutual consent, the 'older brother.' We do not have a 'little brother' in the family."
Watson realizes his family story is unique, but so, too, are the stories of other gay parents. "All same-gender-parent families have a story," he says.
The number of families like Watson's is on the rise. According to a 2011 report from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, gay parents are increasingly motivated to adopt. "Over 65,000 adopted children and 14,000 foster children in the U.S. reside in homes headed by non-heterosexual individuals or couples," says the report.
Thankfully for Watson and others like him, it's also increasingly easy to find adoption agencies that work with gay parents. According to the Adoption Institute report, at least 60 percent of U.S. adoption agencies accept non-heterosexual parental applicants.