Children of Same-Sex Parents Thriving: Erin & Liz Czerwinski's Story.
Twins Of Two Gay Moms Provide Proof That Children Of Same-Sex Parents Are Thriving
This week's issue of Conch Color, a weekly Florida Keys publication, featured two twin girls who made history by earning the title's of Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Key West High School.
Liz and Erin Czerwinski clearly deserved such honors seeing that both young ladies had GPA's over 4.7.
But not only are Liz and Erin smart, beautiful and talented, they were also born and raised by two gay moms. Caroline Bauer and Sharon Czerwinski are their proud mothers and have been together for 25 years. In 2000, when the girls were 5 years old, they moved to Key West. Caroline and Sharon credit their community for having always been there for them and always being accepting of their family.
Erin and Liz share their parents' sentiments about their community:
Liz: "I couldn't have asked for a better place to grown up. Key West is a graciously friendly and supportive community and I've had the best experiences at Key West High School."
Erin: "It's definitely different being raised by two moms, but the community of Key West has always been supportive. We have a lot of loving people down here that have made Liz and I feel very comfortable. I wouldn't want to trade my family experiences for anything."
The graduates also commented on the support their parents, Caroline and Sharon, have given them over the years.
Liz: "When I'm asked how it has been to be raised by two moms, it's hard to say anything other than azmazing. It has always felt normal to me and sometimes I even forget that it's something unique. I feel very luck to have had such supportive and loving parents".
This story in the Color Conch comes out just as the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families conducts the world's largest study, collecting data on 500 children nationwide, on children of same-sex parents. The preliminary report has found that children raised by same-sex couples are not only thriving, but also have higher rates of family cohesion than other families:
An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.
However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well a family gets along.