How same-sex couples got the right to adopt in Massachusetts

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The Boston Globe
By Jill Terreri Ramos
June 17, 2015

PEDRO HERPIN AND RAMON HERNANDEZ estimate they have had close to 20 foster children in their home over the years. They adopted one of those foster children and have two more children, Herpin’s from a relationship when he was a teenager, and have also adopted a grandson. Theirs is a family constellation that is not possible in every state because of laws restricting adoptions by same-sex couples, and one that could not have existed in Massachusetts 30 years ago.

The family moved to Puerto Rico in 2007 to live near Herpin’s parents but came back five years later. The schools weren’t great, their marriage wasn’t recognized, and their status as a gay couple meant being foster parents was out of the question. “It’s a no-no in their eyes over there,” Herpin says. So they returned and settled in Avon. They most recently fostered a transgender teenager, whom they found through the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, a child welfare agency that provides residential, community-based, and adoption services. “We heard about him and thought it was a good match for us,” Herpin says.

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