"Raising California"

The rise of nontraditional families — from LGBT to multiracial — led this father to a new definition of "family."

Nontraditional families are everywhere
The bulb first lit up in my head a few years ago, while I was painting the window trim in what would be the baby’s room. Our son, Charlie, was due in a month, and though his birth mother in Tacoma, Washington, had made a firm adoption plan and chosen us to be his parents, we were still unsure. In domestic adoption, it ain’t over till the fat baby sings. We’d begun decorating the nursery in the blind act of ...

Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.

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