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November 8, 2011 > National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month

Submitted By Paul Guequierre

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will celebrate National Adoption Month in Oakland by presenting the Alameda County Social Services Agency the All Children - All Families (ACAF) seal of recognition. The agency earned the honor by meeting the required criteria for fully inclusive policies and practices in working with the LGBT community. The presentation of the seal will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at the Alameda County Social Services Agency Independent Living Skills Program Office in Oakland as part of National Adoption Month.

"The Alameda County Social Services Agency serves as a model for public child welfare agencies across the country," said Ellen Kahn, HRC's Family Project Director and a professional social worker. "Their leadership team made a commitment to expand the pool of families for the children and youth in their care. Politics should play no role in finding loving forever homes for the kids who need and deserve them."

In recognition of National Adoption Month, HRC has created a resource center for families considering adoption at www.hrc.org/issues/adoption with information about adoption agencies that work with LGBT families, answers to frequently asked questions about adoption and foster care, a video montage called Gay Parents Speak, featuring real parents telling their stories of adopting and loving children, and links to related programs and organizations.

More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.

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