- November 2, 2015
Today, HRC is proud to celebrate the start of National Adoption Month. National Adoption Month is a nationwide effort to bring awareness to the more than 400,000 children and youth waiting for a permanent family and to recognize thousands of adoptive families around the country for their contribution to child welfare. This year, the celebration shines a light on older youth in foster care, many of whom are LGBTQ, who often struggle to find loving, permanent families. Older youth are deserving of safe and permanent homes and they never outgrow the need for family.
Throughout this month, our adoption blog series will highlight different perspectives from older youth and their families, as well as agencies that have earned a Seal of Recognition from HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families Project. We will also share a number of our innovative resources including tips for finding LGBTQ-friendly agencies and relevant adoption laws.
LGBT households are an important component of the diverse spectrum of adoptive families in this country. Research in the field has long confirmed the significant number of LGBT families across the nation and has identified a large pool of LGBT adults interested in becoming adoptive parents. In fact, decades worth of social science research demonstrates that children of LGBT parents are thriving. Some research even shows evidence that children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than their peers.
For these reasons, HRC Foundation’s All Children - All Families Project has worked since 2007 to provide support, resources and tools to increase the capacity of child welfare agencies to better assist d LGBT adults interested in becoming adoptive parents and LGBTQ youth in foster care. With over 90 participating agencies and almost 60 that have earned the HRC’s “Seal of Recognition,” more LGBTQ youth in foster care now have access to competent and affirming support services and LGBT families are considered as potential forever homes for children and youth awaiting adoption.
Stay tuned to the HRC’s blog for more from the National Adoption Month celebration and visit www.hrc.org/adoption for more resources.