Growing Generations offers greatest gift in a sometimes evil world. New York gay dads try to balance universe after 9/11.

LoHud.com – the newspaper for New York’s Lower Hudson Valley – profiles a family that’s making a difference in the world.

Maurice Assouline, left, and Craig Sampson have three children, and live in Montebello, New York.

Assouline says, “When I saw what happened on September 11, I realized that I’ve got to bring into this world people that hopefully will be decent human beings, to balance all the evil that’s out there. We started right after that to pick surrogates.”

Sampson quit his job – and now he’s a full-time dad. Assouline works as a design director for a company that creates retail displays. The two have been together since meeting as undergraduates at the University of Bridgeport 32 years ago.

Committed to the entire surrogacy process, the dads made approximately 14 trips to California, to visit Growing Generations and the surrogate who carried their first child – Eliana, who’s 4. Growing Generations arranges surrogates and sperm and egg donors for lesbians and gay men worldwide.

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