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National Adoption Month: Let Love Define Family

Let love Define FamilyNational Adoption Month is not only an opportunity to focus on the ongoing need to find permanent families for over 100,000 children and youth in foster care, but also to celebrate the thousands of adoptive families that are part of the fabric of every community.

Since 2005, HRC’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) initiative has sought to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children.

With 60 participating agencies and over 25 that earned the HRC "Seal of Recognition," what was once mostly out of view is now coming out into the open for the benefit of the over 100,000 foster children in need of a permanent home.

This November, HRC is proud to partner with RaiseAChild.US to encourage LGBT prospective parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Orange County and Los Angeles to build their families through fostering and adoption. 

The "Let Love Define Family" campaign, which runs in November and December, includes radio PSAs, as well as streetlight banners and public transit advertisements featuring LGBT families created through fostering and adoption. Its slogan is

Actor and comedian Alec Mapa, best known for his roles on ABC’s Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, will open all of the events with an excerpt from his stand-up show, Baby Daddy, which chronicles his journey with his partner to adopt their now seven-year-old son.

Events include a panel discussion featuring LGBT foster and adoptive parents. RSVP to an event near you today.

We hope all of you will find a way to celebrate National Adoption Month, either by telling your own story, by reading or learning more about adoption, or by contacting your local agency to find out if they welcome LGBT families and encouraging them to learn about All Children—All Families.  We can work together to find a family for all children and youth in foster care.

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