Our Foster to Adoption Journey

“It is comforting to know that during such an important time we do not need to hide who we are or worry that someone along the way will use their personal bias to determine we are unworthy parents for our daughter.  It is also heartbreaking to know that while there are thousands of children in need of great homes like ours, many potential LGBT parents are unable to open their hearts and their doors to these children due to the discrimination that remains throughout the system.”

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Our Adoption Story

“Five years after obtaining a civil union and then a marriage license, we started the process all over with a new agency. We were welcomed with open arms. New forms were printed without 'mother and father,' but rather 'parent A and parent B'. We now have three beautiful adopted children.”

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Charise in Oklahoma

From trying to get fertility treatments to finding housing, [Charise and Erica] have been literally turned away at the door. The recent passage of Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140 promotes this type of discrimination, with dangerous anti-LGBTQ statues that allow publicly-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents, single mothers and interfaith couples, among others.

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Terry in Idaho

He recounts not only being shamed for his sexuality, but also forced into following his foster parents’ religious practices and beliefs. During his six years in foster care, Terry was placed with over 20 different families — an experience not unique amongst LGBTQ youth.

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How Discrimination Almost Kept a Celebrated Doctor from Adopting his Daughter

The process of adoption brought Christopher 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 Although he superseded all requirements — having five recommendation letters and taking additional parenting courses on top of extensive paperwork — Harris often found himself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.

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