Campaign encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families to consider adoption.
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today launched an innovative adoption awareness campaign targeting the LGBT community as part of National Adoption Month. The campaign is part of the HRC Foundation's "All Children - All Families" initiative, designed to find permanent families for children by promoting fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender foster and adoptive parents. To view the campaign, visit: www.LGBTadoption.org.
"This awareness campaign helps make the dreams of thousands of children come true by raising the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-adoptive families and encourage prospective parents to learn more about the children waiting in foster care," said Ellen Kahn, Family Project Director for Human Rights Campaign Foundation. "With over 100,000 children waiting to be adopted, we need to ensure that the LGBT community knows about the opportunity to adopt and find them agencies that truly welcome and support who they are as people."
"At Adoptions Together, we recognize the vital importance of actively engaging the LGBT community, and we know from firsthand experience that our LGBT adoptive parents offer extremely loving, secure and nurturing environments to our children," said Janice Goldwater, executive director for Adoptions Together and member of "All Children - All Families" advisory board. Adoptions Together, a Silver Spring, Md. based adoption agency, is a local partner in All Children-All Families.
Of the children in the U.S. foster care system, over 120,000 are awaiting adoption by loving, permanent families. Agencies may purposefully or inadvertently close the door to qualified families through their practices. Few agencies recruit LGBT adoptive & foster parents, and many LGBT people feel unwelcome or discouraged. Similarly, members of the LGBT community may not be aware of the opportunities in domestic adoption and foster care, or they may not know of agencies that welcome their families. HRC is working with a coalition of partners to break down the barriers that stand between thousands of loving, qualified LGBT adoptive parents and the thousands of children who are waiting for a family.
The "All Children - All Families" initiative, launched in 2007 by the HRC Family Project, works to ensure that all qualified prospective parents who wish to open their homes and hearts to children and youth have the opportunity to do so, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The program seeks to enhance LGBT competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. Thirty-four agencies from across the U.S are currently participating, and more than a dozen agencies are close to earning the seal of recognition. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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