Adoption: New Partnership Will Open More Loving Homes
March 27, 2012 by Paul Guequierre
Did you know that children are being raised in over 1 million LGBT-headed households across the country? These numbers from 2010 U.S. Census data show adoption by LGBT families is not a new phenomenon. But sadly LGBT people still face far too many barriers for LGBT to opening their hearts and homes to children who so desperately need them and deserve nothing less. The HRC Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” initiative is working to break those barriers down.
Today, HRC proudly announced a new partnership with RaiseAChild.US, a nonprofit with the mission to promote and encourage the LGBT community to build families of their own through fostering and adoption. The pilot project will produce recruitment events and media campaigns in major cities across the country, raising visibility of LGBT parents and the fostering and adoption process. We are confident this new partnership will open more loving homes for the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system who are ready for a forever home now.
This partnership is part of our ongoing effort to increase the pool of loving families across the country. We know – and all major medical and mental health associations agree – that sexual orientation and gender identity have absolutely nothing to do with the ability to raise a child. The “All Children – All Families” initiative promotes policies and practices that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. To date, ACAF has over 50 participating agencies across the country, and has awarded 18 seals of recognition. Last year HRC launched a “50 state strategy,” with the goal of securing at least one ACAF-recognized adoption agency dedicated to working with LGBT families in every state. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.
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