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A Gay Dad’s Adoption Journey: And Then There Were Four

By: Henry Amador-Batten

As I write on this beautiful crisp and sunny March morning, there are two things that I am immediately grateful for, first is the Sun beating on my face though the sitting room window, it’s long overdue and oh so needed and secondly are the sounds of my husband working in the yard as my two sons yell and laugh chasing imaginary butterflies in big green nets.

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Could this Gay Dad’s Adoption Search Be Nearing It’s End?

By Henry Amador-Batten
Fingers-Crossed

I was browsing through the list of children waiting for families on our local agencies adoption site when I happened across his profile.
He was five nearly turning six and there was something in his eyes that spoke to me.
I can’t tell you what the connection was but it was there and undeniable.
I even went so far as to contact my agency worker to get more information about...

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A Gay Dad’s Grown Up Christmas List

By Henry Amador-Batten

A grown-up holiday wish

We just took my son to see Santa yesterday.
It was his fifth time sitting on Old Saint Nick’s lap and we were once again surprised by what he asked Santa for.
Regardless of ALL the things he asks for leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah, his MO has become to ask for some random item at that very crucial moment, you know, while he’s got the old guys attention.
So Ben, what...

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A Gay Dad and Writer Gives Thanks

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By Henry Amador-Batten

This is the time of year that writers and bloggers generally love.
It’s a joyful and special time that is full of wonder and memories and traditions.
It makes for especially warm and receptive articles that touch our readers in those warm and fuzzy holiday ways.
It’s also when we get to pull out family recipes and prepare our homes to welcome friends and loved ones. It’s...

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A Gay Dad Celebrates All His Adopted Son’s Mothers

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By Henry Amador-Batten

November is National Adoption Month and each year during that month, I as well as countless other adoptive families share their story.
We share them to raise awareness for all the thousands of children still without homes of their own lingering in the Foster Care system.
We share them to add our voices to the collective sound of fathers and mothers that have opened their...

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A Gay Dad Wonders If The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

By Henry Amador

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So if you have been following our journey to adopt our second child you know that this time we chose to work with the Foster Care system here in our State of North Carolina rather than go with a private adoption like we did to adopt our boy four years ago in Florida.

We went into this adventure with great optimism and hope given the recent changes in laws and the apparent new...

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A Gay Dad Looks At Himself And Wonders If This Is What Depression Looks Like.

By Henry Amador

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So in February of this year I took a nasty spill on the tiny remaining bits of ice that lingered on our front steps.

That day is still so vivid in my mind, the fall, the pain that shot through my arm and the look on my little boy’s face as he watched me leaving and heading for the car.

A ritual he and I often did only this day the circumstances were so different.

I pretty much...

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Spotlight Campaign: Celebrity Dad Denis O’Hare and His Husband Hugo Redwood

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Denis O'Hare

TNF: Your video for #HowWeFamily was beautiful, it made me teary to see you sharing so honestly and openly about your family. I know you and your husband met 15 years ago, what was it about him that made you know he was the one for you? 

Denis:When we first met, neither of us was interested in another long-term relationship. My boyfriend had died of AIDS 6 months before and Hugo had just gotten...

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Rob Watson’s Sex Talk Turns to a Love Talk

By Alex Temblador

The sex talk with kids

For any parent, the sex talk can be daunting. But what if you are a gay dad or mom? Have you ever considered how you might have the sex talk with your kids? And would it be different than the one that you experienced with your parents as a child?

Rob Watson is a regular contributor to The Next Family and the host of the Next Family YouTube channel vlogs, “A Gay Dad Coffee Chatwi...

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WATCH: Gay Dad &The Sex Talk

A Gay Dad Coffee Chat with Rob Watson

The sex talk is a challenge and always evolving.  Here is how this gay dad approached the sex talk with his sons.

We would love to hear your stories of how you will have “The Talk” with your kids.

The post WATCH: Gay Dad &The Sex Talk appeared first on The Next Family.

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A Gay Dad Asks, Is One Child Not Enough?

By Henry Amador

An Only Child

Our adopting via foster care story continues here in North Carolina.
As some of you know, we are licensed to take in two children and have previously expressed our willingness to adopt a sibling group.

My husband wants a house full and our son will gladly say that he wants a brother AND a sister.

We continue to get our email alerts attached with beautiful photos and not so...

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A Gay Dad’s Father’s Day Promises To His Son And To Himself

By Henry Amador

Gay dads on the topic of Father's Day

As I prepare to celebrate my fourth Father’s Day, my mind and its thoughts slowly drift towards my own father (as they always seems to do) as they have done for as long as I can own those thoughts.

Much like on Mother’s day accepting that those thoughts are wrapped in the things that remembering a parent who has passed on brings. Those thoughts are warm, comforting, and nostalgic....

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