American Family / Edition 1by Jon and Jon Galluccio
Pub. Date: 03/20/2002
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
This is the story of Jon and Michael Galluccio, two gay men living in New Jersey, who become foster parents to Adam, a premature baby born with AIDS virus and addicted to crack, heroin, marijuana and alcohol. While nursing Adam through the many medical emergencies of his first year and surviving the daily dramas that all
What makes a family? Love makes a family.
This is the story of Jon and Michael Galluccio, two gay men living in New Jersey, who become foster parents to Adam, a premature baby born with AIDS virus and addicted to crack, heroin, marijuana and alcohol. While nursing Adam through the many medical emergencies of his first year and surviving the daily dramas that all new parents go through, they realize that this child, their son now, could be taken back from them at any time by the state, and they decide to try to legally adopt him. Refused by the state-even as it brings them another at-risk infant to care for-they decide to fight for their son in the courts and win, setting a precedent for all unmarried couples in New Jersey.
Soon Adam has a younger sister, Madison, and eventually Madison's half-sister, a teenager named Rosa, who has lived most of her life in a group home, joins the Galluccio family. And in the midst of all this, Jon, himself an adopted child, decides to embark on a search for his own birth mother.
This heartwarming story shows that the American family is vibrantly alive and extending itself in remarkable new directions.
Author Biography: Jon and Michael Galluccio live in Paterson, New Jersey with their three children Rosa, Adam and Madison. Their story has been widely follwed in the press including, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Good Morning America," "Larry King Live," and NBC and CBS News.
David Groff is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Men On Men 2 and the forthcoming Men On Men 2000 fiction anthologies, as well as OUT Magazine, POETRY, NEW YORK Magazine, POZ, and other periodicals. He is the editor of OUT FACTS and WHITMAN'S Men, and co-author with the late Robin Hardy of The Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood. David lives in New York City.
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This book is a heartfelt look at two gay men wanting to start a family. Jon and Michael Galluccio want to start a family, and become foster parents to a challenged infant boy named Adam. This story tells how Jon and Michael fight the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, to jointly adopt Adam. This book makes you laugh and cry. 'An American Family', is wonderfully told by two remarkably loving men. It's definately worth reading.