Post-DOMA: Second Parent Adoption Tax Credit Updates for Same-Sex Unmarried Parents
By Melissa B. Brisman, Esq In most cases, if a same-sex couple is not married, a federal income tax credit is likely to cover many
Kids Pay the Price: Defeating Religious Exemption Programs in Child Welfare
At the recent Creating Change conference in Detroit, Family Equality, represented by Senior Policy Counsel, Shelbi Day, shared about how religious exemptions laws harm LGBTQ+
LGBTQ Family Building Survey
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2019 LGBTQ Family Building Guide
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Parenting Options for the LGBTQ+ Community Handbook
This informational handbook provides a comprehensive overview of family building options for LGBTQ+ individuals. It includes: Medical and legal information all LGBTQ+ individuals should know
The Buckles Family: Finding Abundant Love through Adoption
Family is made in so many different ways. I really thought that my family would be biologically mine and it would be some how “less than” if it happened any other way. That hasn’t been the case at all. We have found abundant love..... I really feel like Izzy and Isaac were waiting for us all along. "
Trystan & Biff’s Adoption Story
“I think for me, one of the big lessons is that when you are parenting children and there is uncertainty about when you can be in their life, you have to put aside your own desires and do what is best for the kids.”
States of Equality: Dana & Christy in MI
The couple reached out to two child placing agencies in their area: Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services. The agencies did not subject them to any in-depth investigation of their relationship or character — the only thing they knew was that the pair was a same-sex couple. And they were turned away because same-sex couples do not meet these agencies’ religious eligibility standards.
Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign Members tell HHS: Do NOT provide South Carolina with a license to discriminate!
76 Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign members and allies have sent a letter to HHS’ Secretary Alex Azar with a clear message: Discrimination harms
Scott and Josh in Florida: It Takes a Village
“We were running away from a community that was our community, and also a community that needed to see us, visibly... They needed to understand that we are out there and we deserve the same rights and laws as them. It was just really important that we take our kids back to that area, where they do have family members, and allow them that opportunity to be a part of change.”
Home for the Holidays: Ellen & Missy’s Adoption Story
“I would just say for any parents looking to adopt, the process at times can seem extremely tedious and it could be hard — the waiting and the process they put you through. But if you want it in your heart, it would be beyond anything you can imagine,”
How Discrimination Almost Kept a Celebrated Doctor from Adopting his Daughter
The process of adoption brought Harris through three different agencies, having faced discrimination at the first two. Although he superseded all requirements — having five recommendation letters and taking additional parenting courses on top of extensive paperwork — Harris often found himself waiting for months to years with no word from the agencies where he had placed all his resources.