A Foster Care and Adoption Information Session for LGBTQ People will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, from 6 until 8 pm, at the Q Center, 617 West Genesee Street, Syracuse. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and allies with an interest are invited to come and learn more about the foster care and adoption process as a pathway to parenthood. A light dinner will be provided. The event is free but reservations are requested.
Attendees will gain an understanding of the foster care certification and adoption process, hear from parents who have gone through the process, pick up free information, speak one-on-one with agency representatives, and have the opportunity to network with other LGBTQ parents and prospective parents.
According to organizers, “Many LGBTQ individuals and couples may not be aware that the foster care system is open to them as a way to create or expand their families. In fact, more than 14,000 US children are already living in lesbian- or gay-led foster families. Here in New York State, the child welfare system is in constant need of foster and adoptive families for the approximately 23,000 children in its care. More than ever, members of the LGBTQ communities are taking their places as temporary or permanent parents to some of these children and youth.”
Session sponsors are the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project (www.PrideAndJoyFamilies.org), A Thousand Moms (www.athousandmoms.org),
Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth (www.berkshirefarm.org), and The Q Center @ ACR (www.aidscommunityresources.com).
This event is the first of four adoption and foster care information sessions to be held throughout Upstate New York. Future sessions are planned for Albany, Binghamton, and Ithaca.
To RSVP or learn more about the information session, including opportunities for public and private child welfare agencies to participate, please contact Claudia Stallman, Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.724.4308.
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