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All Children - All Families: Agency Mission & Value Statements

An organization’s mission or values statement publicly reflects and communicates its philosophical commitment. Many LGBT people mistakenly believe that the law prohibits them from adopting or foster parenting or that individual agencies are not welcoming to them. LGBT prospective adoptive or foster parents often look at an agency’s mission statement, values statement or non-discrimination policy to learn whether the agency is welcoming to LGBT-headed families.

Sample Statements:

  • Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency, About Us Section of Website [www.scffaa.org]
    We welcome all capable families regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical characteristics, marital or domestic partnership status, medical or disability status.
  • Family Builders, LGBTQ Family Support Section of Website [www.familybuilders.org]
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families are a valuable resource for the many children who are in the foster care system and who are waiting for a family to adopt them. LGBT families often bring particular strengths to meet many of the special needs that children from the foster care system have.

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