Dennis McDonough and John Kihm have been together for over eight years and married since May 2015. Becoming dads was always part of their plan. In 2016, they became foster dads and during the following six months after becoming licensed, they cared for nine foster kids.
“We knew that we would be able to help children who were in need, children who were scared and had no where to go and no one to love them,” shared Dennis. “We knew that somewhere along the process we would eventually have children who would need our love forever.” Currently, the dads have four children, two of which they’ve adopted.
As this family has welcomed more children, helped reunite others with their biological families, and finalized two of their sons’ adoptions, neither dad received any paid paternity leave.
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