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Family Equality Council's Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, sits down with Al Jazeera to talk about the hurdles LGBT couples face when looking to adopt in the United States. Blau explains that adoption rights for same-sex couples not only change state by state, but can also change within state borders.
As part of the organization's Allies for Adoption Campaign, Family Equality is trying to raise awareness for The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which has been introduced into Congress and would provide same-sex couples the right to adopt. Blau explains the Act as a piece of common sense legislation aimed at providing children with homes.
Watch the interview via Al Jazeera
Found on Empire State Pride Agenda:
November is National Adoption Month and we’re proud to celebrate this important designation that’s right in line with our work. Started as a week-long recognition in 1976 by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care, the month is a poignant time to bring awareness to the many issues around adoption.
In particular for LGBT New Yorkers, under current state law, the second parent adoption process is cumbersome and invasive (not to mention expensive), and it can often take months or more to complete.
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From The Roberts Law Firm, PC:
In 2013, the Family Equality Council, a national organization dedicated to LGBT rights, continued a campaign for equal adoption rights for LGBT couples in all states, including southern states such as Georgia. Allies for Adoption advocates for the development of a federal same-sex adoption law. Currently state legislatures have the power to develop their own href= "http://www.robertslawfirmpc.com/CM/PracticeAreaDescriptions/FamilyLaw.asp>adoptionlaws despite the Supreme Court's decision to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and grant further rights to LGBT individuals.
Currently almost 400,000 children in the foster system are in need of temporary or permanent homes. LGBT couples have been granted joint adoption rights in 19 states and second-parent adoption rights in 13 states. In states such as Georgia, LGBT parents aren't allowed to adopt children jointly. In some jurisdictions, judges allow LGBT parents to adopt individually. Some organizations, including Focus on Family, argue that same-sex adoption shouldn't be legalized because a child deserves to have a mother. Studies on same-sex couples show that children raised by LGBT parents grow up in stable, loving environments.
Read more via: The Roberts Law Firm, PC
Found on Queer Me Up:
Washington DC- (Nov. 6, 2013) – Family Equality Council, the national organization that supports, represents and connects the three million parents in our country who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their six million children today announced a campaign for National Adoption Month that demands all 50 states stop putting up barriers to adoption by LGBT individuals and families. The campaign is being launched in cooperation with several major child welfare and social justice organizations.
Family Equality Council Executive Director Gabriel Blau said the Allies for AdoptionCampaign seeks to call attention to America’s need for adoptive parents, and the massive pool of LGBT people who are currently being overlooked.
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Found on MAP:
A coalition that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations today published An Ally’s Guide to Talking About Adoption by LGBT Parents, a guide to building effective discussions on parenting and adoption, including a first-of-its-kind set of recommendations for conversations about second-parent adoption.
The new resource—developed by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Family Equality Council, the Human Rights Campaign, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research—is available online as part of the Talking About LGBT Issues Series.
Read more via: MAP
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