Suffer The Children

posted on Tue, Jun 7 2011 2:32 pm by Jenn

Thirty years of scientific research and mainstream child welfare organizations confirm that children raised by same-sex parents have exactly the same chance of growing into happy, well-adjusted adults.  It isn't up for debate. The idea that children suffer from being raised in same-sex households is unsubstantiated fantasy.

But that isn't stopping this idea from invading public discussions about adoption policy across the country.  In the past few months many partisan groups have been weighing in on the adoption issue and distracting from what is the absolute only standard by which family policy must be decided: the best interest of children.

Starting with Rick Santorum's recent remarks in Iowa, as reported by Igor Volsky at Think Progress, and continuing on to recent media coverage, thoroughly debunked by Carlos Maza of Equality Matters, the same argument is cropping up again and again and again. Somehow a simple idea- that youth in foster care are best served by finding every available and qualified home, whether straight or not- isn't getting through.

That's what the Every Child Deserves A Family act is all about: ensuring that youth in foster care have every chance of being placed in a loving, permanent home.  Representatives Pete Stark (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-lehtinen (R-FL) understand that sound family policy is not a partisan issue, especially not with the mountain of evidence that indicates children raised by same sex parents have the same chance at success as any other.

Placing children with qualified and loving parents is the only responsibility of agencies that perform public adoptions.  By taking on this role, agencies have an obligation to work tirelessly to find every possible outlet to a loving home for youth in foster care. Nothing should distract from our responsibility to make decisions based on the best interest of children.

Discrimination isn't in the job description.

Every child deserves a family. When it comes to adoption that's the only thing that matters.