About Raise Magazine
About Raise Magazine
About Raise Magazine

A lifestyle site featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, single parenting, and mixed-race families.

Elevating non-traditional motherhood and helping modern families thrive is the inspiration for TV writer Jessica Butler and entrepreneur Erin Jackson, co-founders of Raise.

In addition to interviews and resources on parenting, Raise features articles on food, travel, design, style, and wellness. From cocktail recipes and travel guides to nursery décor and tips from celebrity make-up artists, Raise is a lifestyle destination for millennial mothers and mother figures.

Prior to Raise, Butler was a writer on USA’s In Plain Sight and TNT’s The Last Ship. She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series Instant Mom, based on her life as a stepmother. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the lifestyle site. As both a stepparent and adoptive mom, Butler is keenly aware of the lack of representation and resources for non-traditional families. “Mainstream media is still created with traditional, biological mothers in mind. There is no What To Expect When You’re Expecting Stepchildren.” A recent poll from Pew Research Center shows that 44% of women in America have a step relationship, and statistics for other non-traditional family structures are equally stunning:

1 in 10 children lives with a non-biological parent.

4.6 million live in blended families and 1 in 4 mothers are solo parents.

1.5 million children are adopted and nearly 500,000 are in foster care.

4 million LGBT women are currently raising a child.

With its team of contributors, Raise creates content for millennial mothers and mothers-to-be whose relationships and families are increasingly diverse. One in 6 newlyweds are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity and 1 in 7 infants are multiracial or multiethnic. The joys and challenges of raising a mixed-race family is a topic intimately understood by co-founder Jackson, who is half Vietnamese, and serves as the head of branding and partnerships for the site. “Every aspect of my family is non-traditional. I am a proud stepdaughter, stepsister, half-sister, and a biological mother of mixed-race children. My goal is to create a platform where families like mine are celebrated and valued.”

“The name Raise obviously refers to raising children, but it’s also a call to raise the conversation. It’s time to redefine the ideal family structure.”

— Jessica Butler, co-founder

About Raise Magazine
About Raise Magazine
About Raise Magazine

OUR READERS

STEPMOMS

Navigating marriage, instant motherhood, and co-parenting all at once. Newly blended families. Women with stepparents and step siblings of their own. 44% of women in America have a stepchild, stepparent, or step or half sibling.

 

ADOPTIVE MOMS

Hopeful and current adoptive mamas navigating open and closed adoptions, transracial and kinship adoptions, and the day-to-day challenges of raising an adopted child. 1.5 million children in the United States are adopted.

 

FOSTER MAMAS

Those fostering to adopt and those fostering the family with the goal of reunification. Nearly a half million children are currently in foster care.

 

SOLO MOTHERS

Single moms by choice, women navigating divorce and co-parenting, and mamas parenting solo after the loss of a spouse. Moms who are re-entering the dating game. 1 in 4 mothers are solo parents.

 

INFERTILITY WARRIORS

Mothers of families built through IVF, egg & sperm donation, embryo adoption, and surrogacy. Over 7 million women in the U.S. are affected by infertility.

 

LGBT PARENTS

More than 4 million LGBT women in America are raising a child. Same-sex couples are six times more likely to foster children and four times more likely to adopt. A 2019 study found that over 30% of foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and foster youth are twice as likely to identify as LGBTQ than youth living outside foster care.

 

MIXED-RACE FAMILIES

Mamas navigating interracial marriage, transracial adoption, and raising mixed-race children. 1 in 6 newlyweds are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. 40% of adopted children are of a different race, ethnicity, or culture than their adoptive parents. 1 in 7 infants in the U.S. are multiracial or multiethnic.

 

EVERYONE IN BETWEEN

Women raising grandchildren, siblings, family members, or family friends. More than 7 million grandparents live with their grandchildren and one-third serve as their grandchildren’s primary care giver.

87%

Female

81%

American

64%

Age 25 – 44

OUR STORIES

Adoption Profile
How to Write an Adoption Profile: According to a Birth Family
The best advice I received when creating our profile was to be authentic. Expectant families…
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What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?
Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their…
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12 Minimalist High Chairs For Design Loving Parents
10 Minimalist High Chairs For Design-Loving Parents 2019
*Click here for our 2020 update. When we adopted our son, I swore I wouldn't…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair…
Interview With Beth Hall, Raise Magazine
Beth Hall On The Beauty Of Adopting From Foster Care
Actress Beth Hall [Mom, Mad Men] shares the story of adopting her daughter through foster…
My Son’s Adoption Is His Story To Share, But It’s Mine Too, Raise Magazine
My Son’s Adoption Is His Story To Share, But It’s Mine Too
All parents grapple with the boundaries of “sharenting” -- the modern parenting trend of oversharing…
The Long-Term Side Effect of Corona: Racism, RAISE
The Long-Term Side Effect of Corona: Racism
A Letter From Our Editorial Director, Erin Pham Jackson. “Fly home, chink!” I glanced around…
Amanda Fuller, RAISE. Image: Storm Stantos
Amanda Fuller Reveals Struggle With Endometriosis And Infertility
“He is best thing that’s ever happened to me, he's the light in my life,…

OUR FOUNDERS

Raise was founded by Jessica Butler and Erin Jackson. Jessica serves as editor-in-chief and Erin as the head of branding and partnerships.
Erin Jackson, Raise Magazine
ERIN JACKSON

Erin Jackson is the co-founder of Raise. She’s a mother of two, wife, daughter, step-daughter, half sister, step-sister, proud millennial, and lover of travel. She also works as a marketing consultant and interior designer. When she’s not working, you can find her planning her next trip, baking muffins, pretending she’s going to go for a run, and avoiding playing Star Wars with her kids. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband, Collin, and sons, Beckham and Reeves.

Jessica Butler, Raise Magazine
JESSICA BUTLER

Jessica Butler is the co-founder of Raise, stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to Raise, she was a writer on USA’s In Plain Sight and TNT’s The Last Ship. She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series Instant Mom, based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old son, Levon. Read more