Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg (pictured) is a senior at a Miami high school. She’s spent the past three years working for Safe Schools South Florida and other groups – speaking to counselors, teachers and students about life with gay parents.
Jessica attended a meeting of the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, which held a public hearing in Miami to discuss foster care and adoption issues. She shares her experience in a piece for Express Gay News.
She explains the meeting’s disappointing agenda:
“Sen. Ronda Storms created a system that lined up adoptive parents, foster parents and agencies to speak first, which seemed logical until one realized that this system left out most of our supporters: the gay parents who want to adopt as well as agencies such as SAVE Dade, Safe Schools South Florida and others.”
“I had my story all ready, annotated and everything. But I never got a chance to tell it. I never got a chance to tell those people with the stoic faces, just how amazing my gay moms are; that I am a good person — not despite the fact that my parents are gay but because my parents are gay. I wasn’t able to speak along with about 20 other people.”
Jessica reports that approximately 300 people attended the meeting, and some education took place:
“I witnessed former Rep. Elaine Bloom, along with her son, his partner and two children beg for change. I heard a gay man who worked in the foster care system say how ridiculous it was that he could decide the fate of children in the system but couldn’t adopt a child himself. I saw a young woman talk about how her gay foster moms saved her life.”
Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg is in the Drama Magnet Program at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami. She loves to write and hopes to make a career out of it one day. But most of all she wants to be an instrument of change in our society.
Image Source: Express Gay News