Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today kicks off National Adoption Month, a 30-day celebration of the thousands of adoptive families and an opportunity to raise awareness of the more than 400,000 children in foster care.

LGBT-headed households are an important part of the rainbow of adoptive families. Since 2007, HRC’s All Children –All Families project has helped to build the bridge between the children awaiting forever families, the child welfare agencies serving these children, and the LGBT adults who are eager to open their hearts and homes to them.

Because of the important work of the All Children—All Families project and our organizational partners, there is a steadily increasing number of LGBT individuals and couples stepping into the journey of adoption, many of whom hope to adopt from foster care.

This year, HRC will continue its long tradition of celebrating and acknowledging our community of parents, and encouraging those who may want to start or expand their families.  Along with our agency partners and Raise A Child, we are hosting events across the U.S. focused on raising awareness of opportunities for the LGBT community to foster or adopt. Events are planned in Denver, Tucson, Chicago, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Wilmington, Tempe, Kansas City, New York, and San Francisco. Click here to learn more about these events and RSVP today.

Throughout the month, our adoption blog series will highlight some of the agencies to receive the All Children – All Families “Seal of Recognition” for their commitment to supporting and serving LGBT families and share first-hand accounts from these families. We’ll also highlight a number of our innovative resources, including some of the frequently ask questions about the adoption process,tips for finding LGBT-friendly agencies, and relevant adoption laws.

And if you have a story to share, we want to hear it! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Stay tuned to the HRC blog for more from the National Adoption Month celebration, and visit for more resources.

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