Aldrich’s How My Family Came to Be – Daddy, Papa and Me (2003)

Published by New Family Press, How My Family Came to Be – Daddy, Papa and Me (2003) is written by Andrew R. Aldrich and illustrated by Mike Motz.

Two white men adopt a black baby whose mother is described as too ill to care for him. The adoption process is touched on – the two men meet with a social worker and have their home inspected before they can adopt. The love they feel for their adopted child and the care they provide is emphasized.

The book is simply written and can prompt conversations about different family forms, particularly adoption, but it is quite unremarkable.

I am noticing a pattern of white couples adopting black children in LGBT adoption stories. It’s something I am beginning to track. I’m not sure what to make of it now, just something I’m noting!

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