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New York Council on Adoptable Children Earns HRC’s ACAF Seal of Recognition

FamilyPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The New York Council on Adoptable Children (COAC) has earned the All Children—All Families seal of recognition. COAC finds permanent families for children with special needs in the New York City foster care system. The non-profit organization is receiving the All Children—All Families seal because it has successfully met the required criteria for fully inclusive policies and practices in working with the LGBT community.  The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children—All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework for agencies to establish policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBT foster and adoptive parents

The seal of recognition will be presented in Albany this Friday, May 11 at the 23rd Annual Foster Care and Adoption Conference sponsored by the New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children. 

The “All Children – All Families” initiative, launched in 2007, 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. Learn more about the initiative.

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