There are currently more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted into loving, nurturing and permanent families. Again, I will repeat: more than ONE-HUNDRED-THOUSAND children.
As Congresswoman Bass stated herself: “Many of these children have been waiting for years to find permanent homes, so it’s important that we do all we can to promote adoption and meaningfully improve the lives of our foster youth…every child deserves a loving home and everyone has a responsibility to do what they can make a lasting difference in the lives of children within the foster care system.” I couldn’t agree more with Bass in this regard; every child deserves a loving home and we must do all that we can to improve the lives of foster children. However, introducing policies that prevent or obstruct gays and lesbians from becoming parents to these children do not improve their lives. Such policies only further delay and deny permanent, loving homes to these waiting children solely based on sexual orientation or identity. Countless studies show that children grow up healthier in loving families than in temporary government care. Such families include those headed by gay men and women. Adoption policies should not restrict these families from adopting. Doing so only decreases the pool of potential adoptive parents available to provide a loving, nurturing and permanent home for the hundreds of thousands of children currently awaiting adoption.