Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad / Edition 1

Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad / Edition 1

by Kevin Mcgarry
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560233885

ISBN-13: 9781560233886

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Get the inside story on a single gay man's struggle to adopt! Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad is the story of one man's journey down the road less traveled-a single gay man adopting and raising his two sons. Author Kevin McGarry recounts his passage into parenthood after years of having his natural fathering

Overview

Get the inside story on a single gay man's struggle to adopt! Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad is the story of one man's journey down the road less traveled-a single gay man adopting and raising his two sons. Author Kevin McGarry recounts his passage into parenthood after years of having his natural fathering instincts stifled by the limits-real and perceived-of being gay. This unique book details the emotional, financial, practical, and social realities of the adoption process for gay men. From the author: "We take risks by coming out of the closet as gay men and at the end of the day, we are emotionally happier because we took those risks. By coming out, we are being true to who we are. The same goes for anyone, gay or straight, who has gut instincts for parenthood. I knew over the years that I had parenting instincts because I had this incredible envy of other dads. I would watch them with their kids and wish that somehow, I could have that role. It was painful at times because being gay, I didn't think parenting was in my life plan. Had more role models been available to me, the process would have been a little less difficult." Much more than a "how-to" guide to adoption, Fatherhood for Gay Men is the personal account of a single gay man's struggle to become a father despite the real and imagined limitations of being a gay man.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560233886
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Race and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Closet Daddy
  • Chapter 2. Sacrifices and Trade-Offs—Kids versus Corvettes
  • Chapter 3. My Journey to Vietnam
  • Chapter 4. Being a Gay Dad
  • Study by Gillian Dunne
  • Testimonials
  • Chapter 5. The Adoption Process
  • Homestudy
  • Dossier
  • Medical Reports
  • BCIS (Formerly the INS)
  • Chapter 6. How I Chose Vietnam—Destiny’s Children
  • What Countries Allow Single Men to Adopt?
  • Chapter 7. The Bottom Line—How Much Does it Cost?
  • Chapter 8. What Are the Current Laws on Gay Parenting in Each State?
  • Chapter 9. Other Ways of Becoming a Gay Dad
  • Surragacy
  • Coparenting
  • Chapter 10. Big Decisions
  • Boy or Girl?
  • Baby, Toddler, or Older Child?
  • Transracial Adoption?
  • Domestic or International?
  • How Old Is Too Old?
  • Chapter 11. Preparing for Life With a Baby or Child
  • Baby Shower
  • Names
  • Preparing Your Home
  • Your Trip
  • Day Care
  • Your Social Life
  • Chapter 12. How to Avoid Problems and What to Do if They Arise
  • Chapter 13. My Decision to Adopt Again
  • Chapter 14. Life with Kids
  • Afterword
  • Helpful Websites and Listservs
  • Web Sites
  • Listservs
  • Index

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