There’s a lot of information online about Rosie O’Donnells’ new girlfriend, a self-described “artist, doula, and director of Open Arms Campaign, a non-profit to recruit foster and adoptive families” named Tracy Kachtick-Anders from Galveston, Texas. After reading a long interview and Tracy’s brief autobiography, I have to say she sounds like a genuinely great person. Some of her stories really moved me. Tracy has six children, several with special needs, and five that are adopted. She invented a sleeping aid for babies with acid reflux and special needs called The Sleep Tight Wedge. She also paints and she’s very matter-of-fact about her art and says she doesn’t “take it seriously.” Oh and she helps advocate for LGBT rights locally and blogs about it.
Rosie’s rep has acknowledged that she’s in a relationship with Tracy, with whom she was first photographed on a jet ski in Miami in mid November. After the two were seen out holding hands on Miami beach, Rosie admitted it was serious. The two met online through Rosie’s blog. A commenter writes “I know who that is it is the lovely lesbian artist with many children who asked you if you would like to trade art.” Rosie responded “smart girl.” That’s really sweet! Rosie needed some happiness after all the drama over her breakup with Kelli:
Rosie O’Donnell no longer has to remain sad about being single.
She’s now dating dating Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas-based artist who has six children, her rep confirmed to People. The happy couple was spotted strolling hand-in-hand on Miami Beach Tuesday.
Rosie announced in November that her longtime partner, Kelli Carpenter, moved out of their home two years ago.
Tracy is an activist for LBGT adoptive rights, and she founded the non-profit Open Arms Campaign, which helps recruit foster and adoptive families. Five of her six children (ages 5 to 17) are adopted and several are special needs, she told the Examiner.
In her free time she paints and serves as a doula.
[From The Huffington Post]
This woman seems really perfect for Rosie, who also has three adopted children and one
biological child with Kelli. Rosie also advocates for adoption rights for same-sex couples and they probably have a lot in common.
In her biography on TheRainbowBabies.com, Tracy mentions how difficult it is to find a long term relationship when she has a houseful of special needs kids:
Parenting is the hardest job you will ever love. It is challenging and tiring and isolating. There aren’t a lot of women (that I am interested in) out there who can look past my five special needs kids to see a potential date or who want to sometimes share the bed with a sick or scared child. There are not a lot of sitters who want to take them on either. There is not a lot of time for myself after diapers, laundry, meals, and doctor appointments.
BUT, there is also nothing like waking up to a smiling little face, getting a hug and hearing, “I love you, Mom.”
Aww, I really like her! She may have found a real life partner in Rosie. Stay positive, Rosie, and treat her right!
Here are some photos of Tracy and her family. One is from Examiner.com, one is from Tracy’s website for her art, and two are from Rosie’s website. I think the photo with Rosie is of her hugging Tracy’s 15 year-old daughter.
The problem is Rosie’s temper
She sounds like a really amazing person. I would worry about the kids though, with that many total, five of which have special needs, I do hope everyone will get enough attention. Rosie is really loud and seems to have a temper, but just about everyone deserves to be happy, and she looks happy.
I hate to sound stupid, but what IS a doula?
Kelli seemed “perfect” for Rosie also and they were together for a long time. Now, Kelli is gone and has taken her biological daughter with her. Maybe this relationship will work out better. But, Rosie needs to work on her demons.
A doula is a person who helps other women when they’re giving birth. I had a doula for the birth of my son but it turned out I really didn’t need one.
This chick seems beyond cool and thank God there are people in this world who think about something other than themselves and DO adopt special needs kids.
Rosie might have her demons but she certainly seems to love kids(her own and other peoples) and they look like they would go well together.
Hope it works out…
I don’t care what people say: Rosie is effin’ awesome. Yes, she’s very outspoken and loud and *sometimes* she can be a bit abrasive, but it’s evident that her heart is in the right place.
I’m glad that she has found someone truly special, genuine and kind to share her life with.
Now, Rosie, if you’re reading this, could you go back to television? Many of us miss watching you, as you empower the small screen!
Go Rosie! (that’s embarrassing, know :-P)
Freaking awesome! She sounds like a wonderful person.
So since they met through Rosie’s blog, does that mean Rosie is basically dating one of her fans? 😉
At any rate, I’ll wish them the best because Rosie seems like a hand full.
I completed melted when I clicked on the second thumbnail with Tracy and her baby. Adorable!
Good luck to Rosie and Tracy!
A single mom of 6 kids? Reminds me of octo-mom… how is it different? Why is this woman so great while Suleman is a weird person?
BReed – You are not the only one who didn’t know what a doula was. I was going to ask the exact same thing you did! Thanks for taking care of that for me.
…and now we know what a doula is.
Wow, what an awesome woman. Rosie is not my favorite person, mainly because she’s so loud and obnoxious “Noo Yawk”, and being a Southerner, I cannot stand that whole attitude and accent, but I do respect her for her adoptions and think that underneath the obnoxiousness that she is a good person as well and is doing the best she can. I hope they are happy together and that Rosie can finally work on getting herself together. You’d think with all her money that she’d be able to find SOMEONE qualified to help her with her issues…but I guess not. Still, I wish them the best.
This woman is WAAAAAY too amazing for Rosie. Rosie will fucking ruin her life and drag her through the mud.
Rosanna, there is a HUGE difference between a woman *adopting* 5 special needs children who already exist in the world and *creating* 14 new children.
IMO, the first is incredibly unselfish and wonderful while the second is completely selfish and insane.
You can’t be serious about the lack of difference…
1. Adopted, NOT implanted,
2. Has NOT sought fame,
3. 6 kids, NOT 14,
4. Varying age difference (5-17yrs) NOT ALL under 9,
6. Contributing, NOT siphoning off
All single parents with multiple kids are NOT like OctoMom, simply because they share only 2 common traits.
Wow, this is good news. I thought it might take Rosie awhile to get involved again. And this woman seems pretty solid, so I think if Rosie wasn’t sincere, this woman wouldn’t be involved with her.
And what a great role model. Too bad the Duggers aren’t on her wavelength.
I wish them well, and continuing my theme for the day, paps, back off!
Good for all of them. I hope they are all happy together.
One thing that confuses me though is the statement that Rosie has one biological child with Kelli. Huh? Where there advances in science that I missed? Or was the baby from one of Rosie’s eggs? I am not saying the child is any less Rosie’s than any of their other children. I just wondered if I missed something.
Rosie is lucky to have found a partner with whom she is so compatible. Looking at the photo of this woman and her happy family, without reading the text I know she is an amazing person. Rosie, while she may be a “loud, obnoxious Noo Yawker” has a heart of gold and is a good mother as well. Adopting children is an act of great love and I advocate for any person who seeks to provide a loving home to a child who has none. The difference it makes in a child’s life is immeasurable and invaluable. With all the horror in the world to cry over, seeing this family photo made me cry with happiness. It is a wondrous thing, love.
Wow, great !!
Too bad other celebrities who have has many children, half of them adopted are often targeted and insulted as collecting children….
UGH @Rosanna – This woman is someone to be admired. A productive person who adopts 5 unwanted children, especially some with special needs? A heroine. Octo-mom? A nut-job free-loader. It is almost a joke to compare these two women.
RUN TRACY RUN!!!!!! Run like the wind!
I want to hope for the best for her and for all those children on both sides, but I fear this is going to end in tears and recrimination.
Rosanna, not to jump on you but…
To me the difference is obvious: selfishness vs. selfLESSness.
Octomom wants babies and spends a ton of of money on IVF, only to bring children into a world where she relies on government $$ to care for them.
Rosie’s lady adopts children who otherwise might be left out of a loving home, and she chose ones who have special needs.
An interesting comparison, but not really an equal one, in my opinion.
We all deserve love and happiness- but let;s get some perspective: do any of you really personally know Tracie or Rosie? Do you actually believe that Tracie supports her own children with her own income? Really? Doing what? The media says that they have been dating for a month, but some of you are calling them life partners. Get a grip, get the real story. Should all of those children be paraded around?
Since you guys brought up Nadya how in the hell does she support those kids. I know she has to have at least 10 nannies w/ 14 kids. I’m sure she gets food stamps but how does she pay the mortgage, utilities etc.
She DOES sound like a genuinely great person – what’s she doing with Rosie? Rosie’s a whack job and seems to be very self involved with her own problems constantly. If there isnt’ drama she creates it somehow. If this woman has a stable bunch of kids at her place now, why introduce mayhem O’Donnell to create upheaval? Being a “loud, obnoxious Noo Yawker” might be a fine personality for tv because she can get cancelled; in real life hurricane Rosie and her multiple personalities would be like walking on eggshells to live with.
Maybe it’ll work if Rosie quits drinking and controls her temper.
I’ve known Tracie for many years. She lived in West Seattle, had a great little shop-The Crazy Daisy” and we became friends. She worked for me as a pet sitter. I’ve never met a more dedicated “mom”. Those kids are her life and challenged her every day! I wish them the best! Love you, Tracie!
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