Two mothers, two children, one family

Two mothers, two children, one family

Categories: North America | Society

Ava and Jadon have two mothers. Teresa Volpe is a mom and Mercedes Santos is a mom. Santos and Volpe are a same-sex couple and are raising their biological children. They are fighting to have same-sex marriage recognized in Illinois. Photographer Jim Young spent some time with them documenting their lives.

(Total 24 photos)

Two mothers, two children, one family

Two mothers, two children, one family

1. Mercedes Santos and Teresa Volpe laugh while playing cards with their children Jadon and Ava at their home in Chicago, Illinois.

Two mothers, two children, one family

2. Teresa Volpe kisses her son Jadon.

Two mothers, two children, one family

3. Teresa Wolpe looks at her son Jadon after he played the violin.

Two mothers, two children, one family

4. Mercedes Santos plays cards with his son Jadon.

Two mothers, two children, one family

5. Teresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos make cookies with their children.

Two mothers, two children, one family

6. Mercedes Santos and Ava make cookies at their home in Chicago.

Two mothers, two children, one family

7. The sticker on the rear window of Teresa Volpe's car is associated with her family in Evanston, Illinois.

Two mothers, two children, one family

8. Mercedes Santos and Teresa Volpe listen to instructions at the food warehouse, where they are volunteers, in Evanston.

Two mothers, two children, one family

9. Jadon hums into a "pipe" made of cardboard during the arrival of his mothers Teresa and Mercedes at school during a ball on the occasion of Valentine's Day in Wilmette, Illinois.

Two mothers, two children, one family

10. Teresa Wolpe helps her son get dressed at school in Wilmette.

Two mothers, two children, one family

11. Jadon dances with his two mothers at a Valentine's Day ball.

Two mothers, two children, one family

12. Jadon Santos-Volpe gives a Valentine to his two moms.

Two mothers, two children, one family

13. Valentine card written by Jadon.

Two mothers, two children, one family

14. Teresa Wolpe, Jadon and soon joined them Mercedes Santos and Ava came to Springfield to participate in hearings on same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Two mothers, two children, one family

15. Teresa Wolpe and Mercedes Santos await the start of a hearing in the Executive Committee of the Illinois Senate in Springfield.

Two mothers, two children, one family

16. The whole family came to the hearing on same-sex marriage.

Two mothers, two children, one family

17. Teresa Wolpe speaks at the hearing.

Two mothers, two children, one family

18. Teresa Wolpe and Mercedes Santos read email on the phone.

Two mothers, two children, one family

19. Teresa hugs her daughter Ava.

Two mothers, two children, one family

20. Jadon Santos-Volpe plays with his friend Sam Crawford-Clunan while his moms talk to their lawyer Eric Roldan.

Two mothers, two children, one family

21. Mercedes Santos and Teresa Volpe hug each other, rejoicing at the results of a hearing on same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Two mothers, two children, one family

22. Teresa and Mercedes on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Senate.

Two mothers, two children, one family

23. Mercedes, Teresa and Jadon watch Ava perform at Beat Kitchen in Chicago.

Two mothers, two children, one family

24. Mercedes Santos, Teresa Wolpe and Jadon at Beat Kitchen in Chicago.

Keywords: Homosexuality | Mother | Family

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