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Adoption is often viewed as a somewhat controversial subject accompanied with complex legal, civil, religious and societal issues.

Please listen to a GBMNews discussion on intricacies, issues and support for prospective adoptive parents.

From Friends in Adoption: Jen Testa and Dawn Smith-Pliner

Your Host: Ralph Emerson  Co-Host: Rev. Irene Monroe

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The demand in this country for potential adoptive parents is very high. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) there are some 397,122 children in the US living without permanent families in the foster care system. Some 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.

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Jessica Lange plays an adoptive mother who gives an abandoned child a new chance at life. Halle Berry, in a remarkable portrayal heralded as her dramatic breakthrough, is the birth mother who cleans up her life and sets out to reclaim the child.

Many potential adoptive parents worry that the children will have developmental, cultural identity and assimilation issues; however, the truth is adoptive children often turn out to be among the best our society.

You may be surprised to learn that Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Foxx, Maya Angelou and President Bill Clinton to just name a few are all adopted children.

Today many high profile celebrities have helped to popularize adoption. With stars like Beyoncé and Jay Z  apparently considering adoption, more couples including minority couples are more open to it themselves.

In March of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled that the Mississippi Department of Human Services could no longer enforce a ban on adoption by same-sex couples, saying it “violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.”

adoption-workshop-friends-in-adoption-new-york-city-09That decision made adoption by same sex couples legal in all 50 states.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, Andrew Flores of the Williams Institute states that same-sex couples are about six times more likely to raise foster youth and four times more likely to raise adopted youth than heterosexual couples.

Into this background, progressive agencies like Friends in Adoption are reaching out to minority and LGBT communities to better inform and cultivate interest.

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Please visit Friends in Adoption for information, advice and support.