Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of step parenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families.
On Tuesday, Tennessee passed legislation allowing private agencies to refuse to place children with LGBTQ families based on religious convictions. Even worse, the discriminating agencies will continue to receive government funding.
As a Black Mother, My Parenting Is Always Political.
The Foster Care-To-Homelessness Pipeline.
Cameron Diaz had a baby at 47, and she doesn’t owe us an explanation of how she did it.
Here’s Why We Became Foster Parents, Even Though We Aren’t Looking To Adopt.
Please Stop Calling My Adopted Daughter ‘Lucky.’
Does sharing a sperm donor make us family?
What is surrogacy like? Watch 2 families go through an embryo transfer.
People who were born in New York and then adopted will now be able to request their original birth certificate that lists the names of their parents.
It takes a village. Here’s how to build one, and why it’s important for you kids.
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.