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Heather Martin Gartner (39) and Melissa McCoy Gartner (40) of Des Moines are suing to have both their names included on their child's birth certificate. The couple said they believed that since they were married, both their names would be listed on the child's birth certificate.
Heather's given birth to two children via anonymous donor during the relationship. The Gartners did not adopt their most recent child, because they legally married in Polk County three months before the girl's birth.
Foster parents - affectionately called ''Dad'' and ''Papa'' - have become the first same-sex couple in NSW to adopt. A Supreme Court judge, George Palmer, last week made orders for the adoption of William, 9, and Jane, 5, by their foster parents, Mr Smith and Mr Jones (the family has been given pseudonyms).
The Indypendent sheds light on a horrible situation happening across the United States.
Thousands of kids are kicked out of their homes each year for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Some cases include homophobic parents. In other situations, kids run away in fear of retribution - or as a result of ridicule.
They have nowhere to go. And the problem grows worse as American youth are “coming out” at increasingly early ages.
The San Jose Mercury News reports on The Roots and Wings Foundation, a national initiative dedicated to promoting the importance of foster care
Her goal was to help lesbian girls in foster care and provide a safe place to nurture them. In the past nine years, Mary Keane has helped 18 children and young adults (gay, lesbian and straight). Kids who were not doing well in foster homes, group homes or treatment centers have been offered a calm consistent home in Yonkers, New York.
Our friends at eHow.com offer general steps to help guide gays and lesbians to fostering.
1. Identify the foster home division in your county welfare department and obtain a listing of agencies that license foster homes. Both state-operated and private agencies exist.
2. Consult a local gay or lesbian organization to help identify which agencies are willing to accommodate your specific situation.
3. Investigate an agency thoroughly before making your selection.
The Miami Herald profiles a young man who found himself in the foster care system when he was about 13-years-old after his mother rejected him because he is gay. He experienced several dozen foster care facilities in which adults couldn't relate to him and other children could be brutal.
By the time the boy found a gay foster parent in Fort Lauderdale, he was a 17-year-old dropout addicted to drugs. He credits his foster father with turning his life around and taking him to Narcotics Anonymous.
Many gay foster teenagers never find a good home.
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that a lesbian couple should have custody of an 18-month old foster child, overturning a judge's order that the girl should be placed with a heterosexual couple who might adopt her.
The court barred enforcing and earlier ruling by Judge Paul Blake Jr. - which said that the girl should be taken away from Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess. The girl has remained in the couple's custody throughout the court proceedings.