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Every Child Deserves a Family Act

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Our group decided to focus on the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. Throughout the video, we’re going to have clips of my roommate Zach talking about his views towards the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. “That is covers, basically, it’s against discrimination for LGBT, potential parents, and there are a lot a lot of kids around the world that can be adopted or fostered And there are a lot of LGBT potential families that are willing and want to adopt and make their own families. And it’s just an act against the discrimination of that, I think.” Basically, what this (act) is inferring is that any foster or adoption agency who is receiving federal funding cannot discriminate against GLBT individuals or couples when trying to adopt or foster potential children. So currently there are about 500,000 youth in foster care and out of these, about 104,000 youth are eligible for adoption. “If this act isn’t passed, it would be a bit disheartening and make me kind of sad because I think that everyone should have the right to adopt. My dad was in foster care all throughout his life and no one adopted him until, or he was 18, and he was just on his own, so he never had a family. That makes me sad that there are a lot of people that want to adopt but aren’t even able to, and if it did pass I would obviously be really happy. I think that it’s awesome.” Currently there are multiple laws pertaining to adoption within the U.S. This map demonstrates each state and what their law is in regards to GLBT fostering and adoption. The green represents states where LGBT parents can petition for adoption while the cream color represents states where availability is uncertain, which is what Minnesota falls under. And last but not least, orange represents states in which same-sex couples are restricted from petitioning for joint adoption. Those states include Utah, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan. “A benefit here to this act being passed would be that all of these kids right now living without families would then have the potential to have a family. And then I guess a kind of tricky part of it would be that there are a lot of religion based affiliations with adoption agencies. So, I think that that would be hard.” Advantages and benefits of LGBT adoption are recognized by a lot of credible sources like the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, North American Counsel on Adoptable Children, and many other sources in the 30 years of research that have confirmed that children raised in LGBT headed households have the same advantages of health, social and psychological adjustment and development as children whose parents are heterosexual. Currently the benefits are becoming more evident in our country… “I support the act. I, myself identify as a gay individual. I want the opportunity when I grow up, and if I wanna have a family, I want to have the right to adopt.” If approved… Thank you!!!

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Duration: 6 minutes and 4 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 115
Posted by: finl0088 on May 4, 2014

Educational video on the Every Child Deserves a Family Act bill.

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