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Now We are a Family
Robin Marcotte (left) and Bobby Kelly adopted Aurora when she was an infant and they were living in Philadelphia; Wednesday, June 26, 2013. They now live in Concord.
ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

Gay parents speak: How three New Hampshire families came together

Sunday, June 30, 2013

We couldn’t parent in a vacuum. Even before my husband and I adopted our son, we knew that we would need to enlarge our circle of friends. Concord isn’t exactly known for having a big gay community, and we wanted Baxter to know other kids with same-sex parents. So we set out to meet families with experiences similar to our … 0

How adoption in the Granite State has changed over the last quarter-century

Sunday, June 30, 2013

When I interviewed Caroline Glennon and Ginny Tsiromokos of Child and Family Services in Manchester our conversation didn’t focus same-sex adoption. We spoke at length about adoption more generally, which was only appropriate given that I was still gathering information for this series of articles. Glennon manages the program at CFS, and Tsiromokos the adoption home study coordinator. Here’s further excerpts of what … 0

Supreme Court cases put spotlight on gay parenting

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The White House told the Supreme Court it favored same-sex marriage. So did dozens of big corporations, a host of political and legal heavyweights – and 9-year-old Austin Covey. “My dads take the best care of me and my brother,” Austin said in one of the many legal briefs submitted to court. “My family is no different than any other family.” In fact, … 0

For Concord same-sex couple, path toward adoption was a winding one

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Adoption? What?” For years, that was my answer when my husband brought up the prospect of us adopting a child. Those words were often followed by: “Are you kidding? I don’t think so.” Or: “That sounds interesting. Let’s … 1

In 1987, the New Hampshire Legislature targeted gay people as unfit for parenting

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Allowing gay couples to adopt or raise foster children, the state senator said, “is like putting a pound of roast beef in a cage with a lion. You know it’s going to get eaten.” Those words, from then-state … 0

Am I father? Mother? Parent 1? Questions of language and gender cluster around same-sex adoption

Saturday, June 29, 2013

It’s good to be a dad. It’s good to be a mom too, I suppose, even if my gender makes that difficult. But according to various forms, I am both father and mother to my 2-year-old adopted son. … 0