By: Kaelan Kiernan, Community Outreach and Development Manager
This past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to a few friends at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center about adoption. I was joined by both an adoptive parent and a birth parent from our organization who were excited to share about their experience with FIA and how adoption has changed their lives. Our small group sat in a circle and discussed the adoption process – the ups and downs, the good and the bad, and their personal experiences. We recognized the grief and joy that is present for both the birth parents and the adoptive parents and answered many questions about just what the process entails.
Unfortunately, adoption has not always been accessible to the LGBTQ+ community, but FIA has been on the forefront of making sure that it is a possibility for anyone, with no discrimination. While the dark past of biases and prejudice against LGBTQ+ families can’t be ignored, we are grateful to acknowledge that times are changing and that families have more access than ever to the ability to grow in many different ways — adoption is just one of the options available. It is always a joy to get to share that possibility with folks who are searching for their right next step.
Since the foundation of FIA over 40 years ago, we have been proudly working with the LGBTQ+ community. We work alongside the Human Rights Campaign, All Children All Families organization, which aims to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being by improving practice with LGBTQ+ youth and families. As of this year, we have been recognized with the “Innovator” seal for our work and will proudly continue to fight to create a more equitable future for LGBTQ+ families.
We are pleased that the adoption process with FIA isn’t any more complicated for LGBTQ+ parents than it would be for a cisgender heterosexual couple. We are dedicated to equality in our adoption practices and are happy to provide the applicable information to determine whether or not FIA is the right fit for any curious family. If you or someone that you know is interested in adopting through FIA, we run our GAWs every few months – a “Get Acquainted Workshop” that allows serious adoptive families to get to know us and vice versa. It is a safe space to ask questions, explore our organization, and communicate expectations about the adoption process. For more information on how to become an adoptive parent through FIA, you can look under the “Waiting Families” tab on our website. We look forward to meeting you soon! To register for an upcoming Get Acquainted Workshop please visit : the link!