Canadian woman, former foster daughter to have child

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 17 2001 1:00 AM ET

A lesbian couple in British Columbia who began their relationship as a foster mother and daughter are having a baby. Valerie Spelay, 32, and Candice Prince, 18, first met in 1998 at church. Spelay, formerly known as Valerie Hetu, asked for permission to become Prince’s foster parent, with Prince coming to live with Hetu, her then husband, and her son. The women say their relationship has always been consensual, but Spelay was convicted last March of sexually exploiting Prince and given a six-month suspended sentence. Prince is now 17 weeks’ pregnant with a baby conceived with sperm from an anonymous donor found over the Internet. “The first three months I was really sick, with all the changes and everything happening in my body, but now it’s really good,” Prince said.