Adoptions Together and its staff are committed to standing in solidarity with all our LGBTQ clients, family members and fellow Americans during these tumultuous and terrifying times. Fears of an imminent Executive Order from the Trump Administration that is harmful to the basic rights of LGBTQ individuals have compelled us to voice our support for our friends and community, as well as our reassurance that we will continue to provide comprehensive adoption services to LGBTQ families now and in the future. This is our duty as ethical adoption professionals, and compassionate human beings.
Adoptions Together was founded twenty-six years ago in response to a lack of secular adoption agencies focused on making adoption and related counseling available to all women and families of every race, ethnicity, faith, culture, and sexual orientation. We remain fervently committed to that mission in 2017, and stand beside our clients both as members of the LGBTQ community ourselves, and as allies dedicated to preserving the highest quality adoption and family placement services to LGBTQ individuals and families regardless of threats or attempts to encroach upon their human rights.
Adoptions Together believes that every child has the right to a loving and stable family. In more than two decades placing over 6,000 children with permanent families, we have advocated for same-sex parents through our work with the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families National Advisory Council, which created the groundwork for evaluating and strengthening adoption agencies’ competency to serve LGBTQ families nationwide. Working with the HRC has taught us that we must constantly work toward improving inclusivity for all people.
We maintain a strong network of adoption and family lawyers in all regions of the country to whom we refer same-sex parents when they have questions about topics like second parent adoption, step-parent adoptions, surrogacy, and other family issues. Our work for the LGBTQ community is made stronger by our deep commitment to working with the most qualified professionals in family law and public policy. More than ever, we are strengthening and continuing to cultivate these relationships.
As 2017 unfolds, we remain dedicated to your families’ safety in all spaces. We encourage members of all communities- LGBTQ, cisgender, faith-based, and otherwise- to reach out to your congress-people to express the concern we all share for the targeted discrimination that is currently taking place in our country. Through unity and strength of shared support, we will protect those who need it most and overcome the barriers being erected before our neighbors, family and friends.