This post comes from Rachel Pratt, Chief Executive Officer of the Adoption Exchange Association as part of HRC’s celebration of National Adoption Month.
As a membership organization for adoption exchanges and the lead agency in AdoptUSKids, a Federal cooperative agreement through the Children’s Bureau, AEA sees every day the transformative impact adoptive parents can have on the lives of children and youth in foster care awaiting permanent families.
The LGBT community is a rich resource for adoptive families that has been embraced by AEA and many of its member agencies. To ensure that LGBT individuals and couples interested in adoption have the information they need to explore this path for building their families, AdoptUSKids put together a resource page specifically for LGBT prospective families. This page links to several great sources of information for LGBT people who may be considering adoption, including the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s FAQs from LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents.
I am pleased that several AEA members have earned the All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition, earning the distinction of “Leaders in Supporting and Serving LGBT Families”:
- Adoptions Together, Silver Spring, MD
- Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, Milwaukee, WI
- Family Builders by Adoption, Oakland & San Francisco, CA
- Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Boston, MA
- National Adoption Center, Philadelphia, PA
- New York Council on Adoptable Children, New York, NY
Many other AEA member organizations are working toward to become ACAF Leaders now or collaborating in other ways with All Children – All Families to improve their practice with LGBT youth and resource families. I applaud those efforts, and encourage other child welfare agencies and exchanges to utilize ACAF’s innovative resources and join the growing list of ACAF participating agencies today.