The Facts About LGBT Adoption
Many agencies will consider adoption by members of the LGBT community, both singles and couples. We believe that every child has the right to a loving, nurturing and permanent family, and that people from a variety of life experiences offer strengths for these children. Therefore, it is the policy of the National Adoption Center that no person should be denied consideration in the adoption process solely based on marital status, sexual orientation, lifestyle, disability, physical appearance, race, gender, age, religion and/or size of family.
All prospective foster and adoptive parents should be given fair and equal consideration to provide foster care and to adopt a child who needs a permanent loving home. The National Adoption Center opposes any federal or state legislation as well as foster care and adoption agency policies that restrict or dismiss the consideration of current or prospective foster and adoptive parents based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Center promotes LGBT adoption and is working on a couple of programs to help those of the LGBT community who wish to adopt and promote LGBT adoption. In the first program to publicly launch, the Center, along with the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, the Center advises and supports members of the gay community as they consider adoption.
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LGBT Community Members Encouraged to Adopt
In an expension of this program the center has launched the first program in the Delaware Valley to encourage members of the LGBT community to consider adoption and to connect them with welcoming adoption agencies. The program, funded by the Wachovia Foundation, has the following goals:
-Expand the pool of potential permanent families in the LGBT community
-Develop competent services for LGBT prospective families
The Center will implement a public awareness/education campaign directed to the LGBT community and will work with adoption agencies to improve their competence in serving those interested in adopting from the foster care system.
For more information, contact Sheina Martinez, program coordinator at 215-735-9988, Ext., 311 or email@example.com
The Center staff was trained by according to the All Children All Families guide lines and earned the Human Rights Campaign seal by meeting its 10 benchmarks of LGBT cultural competence.