LGBTQ Pastor Urges Members of Congress to Pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act
The following letter was submitted by Rev. Lee Zandstra for our New Jersey Lobby Day in December 2018, urging the New Jersey Congressional delegation to
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
Executive Summary The LGBTQ Family Building Survey provides new insight into how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are interested in becoming
2019 LGBTQ Family Building Guide
Our 2019 LGBTQ Family Building Guide is designed to help hopeful parents learn more about all approaches to family building and reproductive health for the LGBTQ community. All articles are written by experts in their fields, and the Guide is available to download or read online.
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
States of Equality: Timothy in Tennessee
States of Equality: Tristan in Nevada
“When I would tell my foster mom about the type of bullying I was experiencing at school, she just told me to ‘suck it up’ and that I should expect this type of treatment because I am different,” Tristan said.
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.
States of Equality: Terry in Idaho
Scraggins’ story underscores the need for more comprehensive inclusivity training for foster care parents and child placing agencies. Growing up both LGBTQ and biracial in Idaho, where African Americans make up less than 1% of the state’s population, Scraggins constantly encountered people who did not know how to support his growth and development.
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
Our Path to Adoption: How We Found An Unexpected Ally
"Grandma told us that before she gave the kids up to foster care, she asked her church for help finding these kids a home. No one came forward. When she went back to church and told the pastor that the kids were with two gay men, all of the sudden the church was full of options. But it was too late, Grandma realized that these kids are the kids that Wes and I have been dreaming of..."
Glossary – Family Building via Adoption & Foster Care
The following is an A-Z of terms commonly used in the process of forming a family via adoption and foster care.