In honour of International Day of Families (15 May), LGBT+ parents shared their stories with us. First up, meet Raiel and Matt.
Matt is originally from Australia and came to Cape Town in 2010 as part of a secondment. Raiel and Matt met in December 2010, and Matt was meant to return to Australia after two years. But Africa, South Africa and Cape Town won him over and almost nine years later he is still in the Mother City. Raiel and he are now married (December 2016), they own a house, and they’ve settled down with two beautiful boys. Here, they reveal more about their journey and experience of being parents.
How did you start the discussion around having children?
South Africa is much more advanced on the LGBT+ front than Australia, so as a gay couple, options here were easier and actually quite straightforward. Matt’s youngest brother is adopted, so it’s always been part of his story, and a natural selection. We both felt more comfortable going the adoption route, rather than surrogacy (for example). After Matt’s permanent residency was successful and we got engaged in 2015, we started researching our options and decided to choose ProCare as our adoption agency.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey? And the most rewarding?
The process up until meeting you...