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Stu Maddux and Bill Jones

In the late 1960s, Bill Jones (right) saw a newspaper article that caught his eye. jonesb2The state of California was having trouble placing hundreds of children, especially older boys, in homes. At the time, most kids were adopted into two-parent households. But Bill, a gay man who had always wanted to be a father, decided to apply.

In 1969, he became the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child.

Bill spoke about adopting his son, Aaron (pictured above left), with his friend, Stu Maddux (left).

Originally aired February 20, 2014, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Top photo courtesy of Bill Jones.