Christian fundamentalist leaders issue adoption statement: Family Pride responds

posted on Fri, May 4 2007 9:24 am by Jenn

A May 2nd Associated Press story (see this CBS news piece) reported that some Christian fundamentalist leaders are calling upon their members to consider adoption and foster care in response to criticism that their movement does not do enough to promote the welfare of children. 

We welcome the efforts of Focus on the Family and other Christian fundamentalists to direct their vast resources toward creating families rather than attacking them.

For far too long, these types of organizations have spent their energy baselessly and wastefully attacking families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and parents. We have long maintained that - instead of focusing on our families - they should be combating the real issues faced by children in this country: abuse, neglect, violence, poverty, hunger and lack of access to health care and educational opportunity.

It is about time they understood that one of the best ways to help children is to focus time and energy on finding permanent loving homes for the half a million children languishing in our foster care system and the more than 100,000 children awaiting adoption. We can only hope that, as part of their efforts, they will also cease their attempts to block qualified LGBTQ parents from fostering and adopting children in need.

We will be watching these organizations to see how they follow through on this professed commitment to the welfare of families and children. We challenge them to step up and join us in tackling the challenging issues facing all American families, including those headed by LGBTQ parents.