All Children - All Families: Inclusive Agency Forms

Filed under: Adoption, Parenting

Inclusive language in agency forms required of clients reflects all potential applicants and contributes to an agency’s welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients.

At the simplest level, applications and forms should not divide applicants into the categories of “mother” and “father.” A best practice of inclusion in forms is to, instead, refer to “applicant 1” and “applicant 2” or “parent 1” and “parent 2.” These considerations should be made for all forms, including: applications, sign-in sheets and homestudy paperwork.

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