Episode 4: Navigating the Holidays for Adoptive Families

Our Adoption Journey: A Conversation with Dads Kevin and Chris

On today’s episode – which was recorded in June during Pride Month – Spence-Chapin veteran Toni Cockerham speaks with Spence-Chapin Board Member Kevin Nelson and his husband, Chris Adams, who have been married for 34 years and adopted their two children through Spence-Chapin more than 25 years ago. Toni, Kevin, and Chris met back in the early 90s when Toni was leading Spence-Chapin’s effort to recruit and support black adoptive parents. They have been friends ever since. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss their experiences as gay black dads, the role that community has played in their lives, and advice for families embarking on their adoption journey.

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