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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

One agency doesn't think gay adoption = Evil

See, other states, this is how you do it.

Calif. Adoption Agency Agrees To End Discrimination Against Gays:

An Orange County-based adoption agency that was the subject of a three-year long legal battle for refusing to deal with gays and lesbians has signed a binding agreement with the state guaranteeing that it would no longer discriminate against applicants based on sexual orientation.

As a result of the agreement the American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday that it would no longer pursue the lawsuit.

"There are 500,000 children in foster care in the U.S., many in temporary emergency facilities awaiting foster families or adoption. By denying us placement solely because we are lesbians, Olive Crest was ignoring the needs of the children the state had placed in their care," said Shannon Rose, M.D., a pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who brought the lawsuit along with her partner Jane Brooks, a lawyer specializing in family law.

Well done!


Blogger Foster Child Advocate said...

I am a former foster child who now trains foster parents. I have to say that I am absolutely delighted to meet anyone who decides to become a foster parent out of the selfless desire to love and take care of a child. Anyone meeting that criteria is welcome in my class.

The next logical step, once you find a good foster home for a child is to get their birth family stabilized so that they can go back home or to find them an adoptive family. If they have already been living with great foster parents, then they are your first choice for an adoptive home, period. If someone is a good enough parent to foster a child, they are good enough parents to be their forever family.

I'd like to say that they gay couples in my classes seem just as good as the straight couples in my classes, but that is not true. Much of the time, they are better. The heterosexual couples sometimes seem to unquestioningly assume they have a right to parent. They may even take it for granted. They do not question it and they do not value it as much. The gay couples in my classes seem to have fought harder to get to be parents. They cherish their children. They ask more questions and they really utilize me as a resource. They tend to do way more for the kids than the system expects of them. One such couple sent their foster daughter to private school, paid out of pocket for tutors if she had trouble in a subject and took her on tours of colleges all over the place when she was in high school. And yet, when they wanted to adopt her, the state would only put one of them on her birth certificate because, officially, gay couples cannot adopt here.

I really enjoyed reading this blog. Keep up the fight! There are over a half million kids out there who need qualified parents.

4:05 PM


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