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Lambda Legal, in collaboration with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), today announced two projects to build the capacity, awareness and skills of social workers and other child welfare professionals serving LGBTQ youth living out of home in foster care, juvenile justice centers, and homeless shelters.
The NYTimes.com reports on a federal law that ignores race and culture in foster care and adoptions.
Southwest Florida's WINK News reports on the current financial struggle of the state's foster care system. According to the news source, "deep cuts in the state budget" could damage the lives of thousands of children in Florida's foster network.
A nightmare has ended for Elizabeth Hadaway and her daughter [pictured]. Hadaway was convicted of criminal contempt of court last year for not handing her daughter over to foster care after she lost custody solely because she's a lesbian. A year and one day after a county court judge sentenced Hadaway to 10 days in jail, the Georgia Court of Appeals today overturned her contempt conviction.
Since 1799, children and families in Massachusetts have found help from various children's agencies that now form The Home for Little Wanderers, also known as "The Home".
A petition drive is underway in Arkansas to force a vote on lesbian and gay parents. An ultra-conservative group wants to prohibit minors from being adopted or placed in a foster home in which a would-be parent is “cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage which is valid under the constitution and laws of this state.”
The group's called the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee, and it's seeking signatures throughout an established network of churches. It's a political wing of the Family Council.
The ACLU recently released a video production called “Freedom to Parent”.
The two-part video series follows two families as they fight for their right to remain together - to receive equal treatment under the law. Child welfare experts show support for the families and detail the horrific effects of anti-gay laws. The piece describes decades of research on the suitability of lesbians and gays as parents.
Following the release of a new poll, conducted by University of Arkansas, 365gay.com reports that 53 percent of prospective voters would approve the ban, while 42 percent would reject it. Five percent of those questioned either had no opinion or refused to answer.
The poll surveyed 754 adult Arkansans by telephone between Oct. 7-18 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
An AP news analysis warns Republicans against depending on a gay wedge issue to drive their voters to the polls.
After one failed attempt in September, the homophobic Family Council Action Committee got their outlandish proposed initiative approved - which would ban gay and unmarried couples as foster parents.
Now the decision may go to voters, in the 2008 election.
Governor Mike Beebe opposes the proposed initiated act. He says the measure goes too far by placing restrictions on adoption.