Today I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel for NPR. The topic was "New Directions for the Family Tree," described by NPR as:
Family relationships are becoming more complicated as they expand to include surrogate parents, donor siblings, or birth parents. Guest host Jacki Lyden is joined by three parents who all have non-traditional families: Carrie Goldman, mom of three girls, Jay Rapp, dad of two, and Tina Testa, mom of twin boys.
The conversation covered topics such as open adoption and closed adoption, how and when to tell children about their birth histories, and whether or not people long for the traditional families as depicted on "Leave It To Beaver."
One of the panelists, Tina Testa, is the mother of twin boys conceived with the help of a sperm donor, because she and her husband could not conceive. Another of the panelists, Jay Rapp, is a gay man, and he and his partner have adopted two girls through closed adoptions. I am the third panelist, and I spoke about the open adoption of my daughter Katie.
Please have a listen, and enjoy!