CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — For one Cranston household, June means double the celebrations.
While they rejoice Pride Month, Tyler and Chris Ramos will spend their first Father’s Day as Alexis’s authorized mother and father.
Alexis is the child lady they adopted in April 2022. On Father’s Day final 12 months, they have been already fostering Alexis, however there was uncertainty on their household’s future.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Tyler instructed 12 News. “You don’t know if, when you take this child in, if they’re going to be yours forever, if you’re going to be able to legally adopt.”
They began fostering Alexis in January 2021, shortly after she was born.
“She was eight weeks early. She was drug-exposed prior to birth, so she went right into the NICU,” Tyler recalled. “She was four pounds.”
To turn into a foster mother or father in Rhode Island, one have to be licensed by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The course of requires coaching and having a house research carried out. Tyler and Chris received licensed in December 2020.
They knew adoption was their greatest likelihood of beginning a household, with surrogacy being too costly for them.
Tyler stated they typically get uncomfortable questions from strangers.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh so you’re her mom, you’re like her mom, right?’” he defined. “And I’m like, ‘Well, I mean yeah, I guess you could say that, but I’m her dad. I might have maternal instincts, but I’m still her dad.’”
Tyler and Chris hope to foster and undertake once more. They shared their story to encourage others to pursue rising their households in the identical method.
“If this is something that you want, regardless of how you identify, you can pursue it. You can be successful,” Tyler added. “There are people out there that are going to support you.”