APA, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) brief lawmakers on adoption and sexual orientation
PI-GRO and the APA Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns worked closely with SPSSI to organize a congressional briefing held on Thursday, March 11 on The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 4806). This important legislation addresses the need to eliminate State and federal policies that prevent the fostering or adoption of children due to a guardian’s sexual orientation. APA Member Charlotte Patterson, PhD, spoke at this filled-to- capacity event. Her remarks were very well received and addressed 30 years of research of LGBT parenting and adoption and outcomes for children. Other event co-sponsors included the Family Equality Council and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Additional speakers included:
Dr. Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law);
Uma Ahluwalia, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County, Maryland;
Leslie Cooper, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union;
Martin Gill, an adoptive parent, who, along with his partner, has been raising two foster children since 2004 and is currently involved in a lawsuit against Florida's law that automatically denies adoption by gays and lesbians; and
an adolescent who was part of the foster care system.
Representatives Pete Stark (D-CA) and Judy Chu (D-CA) made introductory remarks at this timely event.