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Cheaper by the Dozen, Starring the Ham Family

The following post comes from HRC Family Project Intern Pam Miller:

Steve Ham and his partner Roger had only intended to adopt one child the day they visited Aid to Adoption of Special Kids – Arizona (AASK-AZ), but left as a new family of eight. Shortly after, they added two new family members and then, after five months, as a family of fourteen, they journeyed home in their 15-passenger Ford Econoline van.  “They have enough room in their hearts for every child and they push their children to be the best,” says Heather, their caseworker at AASK-AZ, and now dear friend.

In any family, it is tremendously important to find a structure that works for your specific needs and helps you to achieve your goals. For the Ham Family, “if it’s not on the schedule, it doesn't happen,” Steve admits. This is one reason Steve and Roger schedule weekend family outings, date nights with each individual child, and a monthly date night to keep for themselves.

In a recent interview with Gay Parent magazine, Steve Ham offers advice to first time parents: “Make sure you are willing to make a lifelong commitment. Be flexible when thinking about your desired child and have a great support system in place.”

Aside from Aid to Adoption of Special Kids – Arizona, an organization which is currently demonstrating equality for LGBT led families, there is only one agency in Arizona, Devereux Arizona, who has partnered with HRC to earn the All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition in LGBT cultural competency. In honor of National Adoption Month, HRC would like to thank agencies like Devereux Arizona for their partnership and contributions to fairness for LGBT families.

If you would enjoy reading the full interview conducted by Gay Parent magazine, you can find it online here.

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