We are eager to support and engage LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services was awarded an All Children—All Families seal of recognition at the RaiseAChild.US Harvest Celebration at Mauro Café Fred Segal Melrose on October 1. ACAF trainer Rob Woronoff presented the seal to Louis Josephson, PhD, the CEO of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, for implementing fully inclusive policies in working with LGBT families. The occasion also marks the new partnership between Vista del Mar, a California adoption agency based in Los Angeles, and RaiseAChild.US, a nonprofit that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption.
“Vista Del Mar is delighted to work with RaiseAChild.US in launching the newest phase of our long-term commitment to the LGBT community,” says Lynne Baumhoff, MSW, Director of Adoptions & Foster Care Program. “Having completed the comprehensive ACAF training, we are eager to support and engage LGBT foster and adoptive prospective parents.”
“RaiseAChild.US is thrilled to be working with Vista Del Mar, which has an excellent track record in working with the LGBT community,” says Rich Valenza, Founder and CEO of RaiseAChild.US. “Together we will find even more safe, loving, and permanent homes for waiting foster children.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, there are 400,000 children in our nation’s foster care system. More than 104,000 of these children are available and waiting to be adopted. Families certified for either foster or adoptive placements are in short supply.
RaiseAChild.US campaigns welcome and support prospective LGBT parents while putting images of LGBT families into public spaces through PSAs, print media, and outdoor advertising. Since 2011, RaiseAChild.US has engaged more than 1,200 prospective parents nationally and become a leading organization for public education and advocacy on behalf of the 400,000 children awaiting foster and adoptive homes. For more information, visit RaiseAChild.US.
Since 1948, Vista Del Mar’s state-licensed, private adoption agency has assisted more than 5,000 families in adopting. We are one of only five agencies in California that provides a full range of adoption programs, including domestic, international, and foster-adoption. Vista Del Mar offers infant domestic adoption, international adoption, and fost-adopt; pre and post placement support services; educational opportunities; resource library; support groups; search and reunification services and services to pregnant women considering adoption. For more information, visit VistaDelMar.org.
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