HRC Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” Initiative to be Honored
August 4, 2011
This weekend the HRC Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” (ACAF) initiative will be honored by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) for its work in expanding the pool of highly qualified families for children in need of a loving and forever home. ACAF will receive the Corporate Award for Special Achievement in Adoption at NACAC’s 37th Annual conference in Denver this Saturday. This marks the first time NACAC has awarded an LGBT-specific organization or program for work in the child welfare field.
HRC Family Project Director Ellen Kahn said: “We are honored to accept this award on behalf of the thousands of LGBT families across the country who have opened their hearts and homes to a child, and more importantly, the hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting for their 'forever family'. This award is not about us, but the children and youth who need and deserve a permanent family.”
The “All Children – All Families” initiative, launched in 2007 by the HRC Family Project, aims to promote policies and practices that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. ACAF’s primary goal is to help agencies expand the pool of highly qualified families by removing barriers that stand between children and youth in care, and the thousands of LGBT individuals and couples who want to foster or adopt. ACAF has 50 participating agencies across the country, and has awarded 13 seals of recognition. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.
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