Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (a.k.a. “The Guncles“) are proud dads to daughter Simone, who turns 4 in June. The Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood stars happily adopted their sweet girl, and are set to speak at Fertility Planit – a two day event taking place on April 4th and 5th at UCLA in Los Angeles – leading the conversation about adoptive parenting.
Bill and Scout open up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their best tips for anyone on an adoptive journey, and the best advice they received from BFF Tori Spelling. They go on to talk about their “fun loving (part jokester) girl,” and the main way fatherhood has changed them.
CBS: Tell us about leading the conversation about adoptive parenting at Fertility Planit. Why did you choose to talk at this event? What is the event all about?
The Guncles: “We’re thrilled to be participating in Fertility Planit and speaking about open adoption. The adoption agency we work with, IAC, is also joining in on the panel, and we hope to be an inspiration to people thinking about starting the adoption process.
We’ll share about our experiences adopting Simone, and also about starting our second journey. We know that the attendees are searching for their journey path to becoming parents, and we hope that we can be role models (so to speak) for their consideration of adoption.”
CBS: Adoption can be a tedious process. What kind of advice can you give couples who feel like they’ve hit a dead end?
The Guncles: “Everyone’s adoption journey is different. Some people are placed with a birthmother and welcome a baby in under a year. Others are on their journey for several years.
We once met a very frustrated couple who had been on the books for over 3 1/2 years. It can be very difficult – the unknown. Our best advice is to just keep positive and keep marketing yourselves — freshening up your adoption website, swapping out older pics for newer ones.
We felt like it’d never happen for us at times, so we are very compassionate to those folks with longer journeys. One day, we were literally in tears, and our good friend (and Simone’s godmother) Tori Spelling, looked at us and said, ‘Don’t worry. I just know your baby is out there – and he/she will find you.’ We live by this saying and share it often. A short time later, we welcomed our beautiful Simone into our lives.”
CBS: How do you now if domestic or international adoption is right for you?
The Guncles: “For us, being a same sex couple, we knew that domestic adoption made the most sense. At the time, there were lots of regulations in place not allowing us to adopt internationally. We just wanted to give a baby who needed a home a beautiful life.”
CBS: The definition of family has evolved over the years. What advice would you give singles who want to pursue adoption?
The Guncles: “A close friend of ours, who is a single mom, adopted. We think every family is different – and who knows – a birthmother may be looking for a single mother (or father) to place the baby with.”
CBS: What kinds of resources are available to help families decide which route to parenthood is right for them?
The Guncles: “We think it’s great to check out websites like the IAC (Independent Adoption Center) and other sites like parenting.com, who has a great ‘parenting advice’ section.”
CBS: Simone will be four in June! Will you have another big birthday bash?
The Guncles: “We will definitely celebrate Simone’s birthday in a big way. We love to throw parties, as events are a portion of our firm’s business.
Also, we love having our good friend, Jenny Keller (Jenny Cookies) come down to bake and help us create an amazing, fun day. Jenny has made Simone’s birthday cake (and amazing dessert tables) every year since Simone’s very first birthday. We joke that we hope she’ll come down from Seattle all the way through Simone’s 21st! FYI, Jenny has a new book coming out, titled, Eat More Dessert. It’s a must-have and amazing resource for creating fun desserts at home.”
CBS: Tell us a little about Simone’s personality. What is she into these days?
The Guncles: “Simone is such a fun loving (part jokester) girl. She loves to create and play with the basics. You won’t see her playing with many pre-made toys — she’s all about paper, kid scissors, and markers/paints right now. Last night she was making birthday crowns for all of her stuffed animals out of construction paper. (Bill Instagrammed a photo at @TheBillHorn).”
CBS: How has fatherhood changed you? What are your parenting styles?
The Guncles: “We think the main way fatherhood has changed us, is that we’d much rather be having a kids movie and family dinner with Simone than out at the new hottest restaurant, or at a bar meeting friends for drinks. Those days just don’t appeal to us anymore. It’s much more exciting to see Frozen and have a CPK salad [laughs].”