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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, recently announced that Children’s Home + Aid has earned the All Children — All Families seal of recognition.
The Illinois adoption and foster care agency, with offices around the state, including Rockford, earned the honor by meeting the required criteria for fully inclusive policies and practices in working with the LGBT community.
The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children — All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework for agencies to establish policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The seal will be presented to President and CEO Nancy Ronquillo.
“Vulnerable children, whatever their age, whatever their circumstances, need someone they can count on,” said Ronquillo. “Sometimes that means finding them a new, loving home. We are welcoming of all prospective parents. Working with All Children — All Families, we were continuously making improvements, and this process offered excellent training to our entire Foster Care and Adoption Services staff. As a result, we expect to be more effective at attracting LGBT parents, which means we are doing a better job finding safe and loving homes for our boys and girls.”
Ellen Kahn, director of HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Children’s Home + Aid into the community of child welfare organizations that are truly committed to creating more loving families by removing barriers to qualified LGBT adoptive parents. It is wonderful that LGBT individuals and couples in Illinois have another trusted resource to turn to when pursuing adoption.”
The “All Children — All Families” initiative, launched in 2007, promotes policies and practices that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. To date, ACAF has more than 60 participating agencies across the country, and has awarded 34 seals of recognition. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013