Ginger

Ginger

I was born to a teenage mother. According to her siblings, and even my grandmother, my birth father loved my mother very much. I heard stories over the years of how much he loved and wanted to marry her. My mother never lied in my younger years about who my birth...
Heather G

Heather G

I grew up with divorced grandparents.  When my parents divorced I felt double the shame. I remember clearly the day my mum announced she was leaving us. It was the day before her birthday and my little sister’s 6th birthday was two days later. Dad said...
Nicholas Isel

Nicholas Isel

My “anti-social” father passed away last year.  I only ever knew him as “Dad” throughout my childhood and wasn’t told by my mom that we weren’t biologically related until I reached the age of 15.  The first emotion I remember experiencing was a deep sense of relief.  ...
Kathryn

Kathryn

My brother & I grew up without the presence of our father for most of our childhood. There were brief times we spent as a family of four, but those moments were few & far between. My mother eventually packed our bags when my father was at work one day, and we...
Stephanie Blessing

Stephanie Blessing

Photo Credit: Anonymous Father’s Day, Center for Bioethics and Culture Just a couple of weeks after my 32nd birthday, I found out that my parents used a sperm donor to conceive me. That was 8 years ago. As soon as my mother said the words, “your dad may not be...