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Across Southern California, foster parents take in children from foster care to give them a loving, safe and comfortable home. Some of those children become part of their family forever. San Diego parent and retired Behavioral Technician, Stephanie White, knows that story all too well. She was able to foster and adopt seven sons with special needs with the right support system. In her own words, she shares her journey to becoming a foster parent, facing heartbreak, building her family––and ultimately discovering herself.

I remember the crying the most. There were a sobbing 7-year-old, a teary-eyed middle schooler, and even a glum collection of adults in the elevator with me. This is not how my vacations usually end. I saw sullen teenagers, too, a few exchanging phone numbers in the lobby, others doing one last dip in the pool with friends, all with an air of resignation. I assumed that after this long week of celebration and frivolity, we were all just exhausted, sunburned, fulfilled but ready to go back to regular life.

October 16, 2015

As the history of the LGBT community is written, 2015 will be remembered as the year marriage equality became the law of the land, when arcane adoption laws were reconsidered and transgender celebrities became cover models for mainstream media. But, as the movement moves forward, it is important to remember those trailblazers who were once forced to endure closeted lives of secrets and shame.

September 05, 2015

It was on an LGBT family friendly Carribean cruise that Alec Mapa and his husband decided to adopt. And it's easy to see why: R Family Vacations goes out of it's way to make sure everyone is having a good time, whether happily single, looking for love, or a member of the growing community of same-sex parents raising children.

August 18, 2015

Olivia Travel is the top name in travel for gay women, and R Family Vacations is the leader in LGBT family getaways. Now, they've combined forces to bring you a new experience and one that Olivia's president and founder, Judy Dlugacz, describes as "the greatest vacation we can conjure up."

September 08, 2015

LGBT-focused businesses Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations announced a partnership to jointly produce a family-and-friends vacation at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

June 29, 2015

Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film "Finding Nemo" — swimming in the facility's enormous blacktip reef tank.

May 08, 2015

There are a few things you hear over and over again from LGBT families that take LGBT-themed vacations: "It's completely open and comfortable and a place where you are surrounded by people who are experiencing life in a similar way. It's not about the destination, it is all about the experience."

November 19, 2014

R Family Vacations was founded 11 years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community. R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don't just mean children. It can be adults with their adult gay or lesbian child or childless LGBT couples who are looking for a different experience than that of Atlantis Events, RSVP Vacations or Olivia.

June 27, 2012

Today, increased societal acceptance of alternative lifestyles has produced a market evolution that, along with ongoing competition, is forcing R Family to face new challenges and embrace new opportunities. As it approaches its 10th year in operation, the company is meeting those challenges by expanding and diversifying its product range.

February 03, 2011

R Family Vacations was born out of its co-founder's desire to give her children — and the children of other same-sex couples — at least that one week out of the year when their families were the "norm."

May 07, 2010

R Family Vacations was founded in 2003 by Kelli Carpenter, Rosie O'Donnell and Greg Kaminsky to address the unique vacation needs of LGBT families and their children. The company's travel programming centers around providing safe and family friendly vacation packages for the entire LGBT community. R Family launched it’s maiden voyage in July 2004, a cruise consisting of 1600 passengers, including 600 children.

January 14, 2010

Even without Rosie O'Donnell's participation, R Family Vacations, the world's preeminent gay family cruise and tour company, has big plans for 2010 and beyond, including land-based vacations, gay family group cruises, new ships, and new destinations.

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