Discrimination in adoption is all too familiar for April and Ginger Aaron-Brush, who live in Birmingham with their young daughter. But the road to welcoming Avery into their lives was an arduous process – first, the women saw their years-long relationship essentially ignored by adoption agencies in the early 2010s because they could not legally marry, and then it took many months to find the right placement once they identified an agency that would not turn them away.
“I think we both knew that being moms was part of our future – just knowing that there were children who needed a family and I felt that we could provide that,” Ginger said. “If there’s someone who questions the validity of our marriage or the validity of our family, I would just ask you to look in our daughter’s eyes. She exudes love and acceptance to others.”