May 29, 2020: Today, Friends in Adoption (FIA), a non-profit, fully inclusive adoption agency, proudly announces that it is being recognized in Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020 — a report highlighting the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) program’s partnership with organizations across the country working to improve the services they provide to the LGBTQ community.
Since its inception in 1982, FIA was one of the pioneer agencies in welcoming all families to adoption and from its early years has promoted adoption by qualified adoptive parents regardless of their sexual orientation. Out of the 100 participating organizations in the report, FIA was one of 39 child adoption agencies in the United States receiving the highest “Tier of Recognition” as Innovative inclusion. According to HRC, FIA “met all 25 criteria and is going beyond to innovate their services for LGBTQ youth and families.”
The Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020 — also highlights children in foster care and prospective foster and adoptive parents. “Today, children in foster care are facing a national crisis on top of a personal crisis. Our work to end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in child welfare is more important than ever,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The organizations highlighted in this report are working with the Human Rights Campaign to ensure anti-LGBTQ bias does not get in the way of life-saving services for children and families. This work is more acute given the Trump-Pence administration’s relentless attacks on LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities. We hope the stories shared in the report provide hope and inspiration to the children, as well as the policy makers pushing for progress during these challenging, unprecedented times.”
In order to participate in the HRC program, FIA conducted an internal self-assessment, provided professional development to staff and implemented ACAF’s “Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion,” which track policy and practice changes within agencies. There are three “Tiers of Recognition,” which celebrate the strides agencies have made toward becoming fully LGBTQ welcoming and affirming.
- Innovative Inclusion: 39 organizations, which includes FIA, met all 25 criteria and are going beyond to innovate their services for LGBTQ youth and families
- Solid Foundation for Inclusion: 28 organizations met all 25 applicable policy and practice criteria for LGBTQ inclusion
- Building Foundation for Inclusion: 27 organizations met foundational criteria, including non-discrimination protections
Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a non-profit, pro-choice, licensed adoption agency with a focus on helping people make informed decisions concerning adoption. FIA is committed to open adoption, inclusiveness, and providing lifelong support to all members of the adoption triad.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.