COLUMN: Fostering and adoption should include single and LGBTQ+ individuals

With the concerns of potential discrimination in the School of Social Work coming to light, the question of whether members of the LGBTQ+ community and individuals who are single should be allowed to adopt or foster becomes a topic of discussion. I believe the answer to this controversial question is simple. Sexual identity or marital status should not be a factor when it comes to adopting or fostering children. 

As someone who has adopted siblings and whose parents went through the adoption process, I know the process isn’t easy. My parents waited years for everything to be approved and they patiently waited to bring my brother and sister home. Anyone who is passionate enough and patient enough to sit through that process should be able to adopt or foster, regardless of how they identify. 

I feel like one the most important factors when determining who is capable of adopting or fostering is whether the individual in question could provide a loving home to the child. You do not need to be in a traditional family to adequately care for a child. My mom for instance, is a single mother who has been providing a home full of love for the past 5 plus years. Never once have I faulted her for no longer being married or thought she would have done better with my father in the picture. My mom is proof that you don’t have to be traditional to be a good parent. 

I think people often stick to religious factors when it comes to issues like this. While I understand where these people are coming from, I think they are being way too stubborn in their thinking. I’ve heard tons of argumentsfrom religious people comparing members of the LGBTQ+ community to alcoholics and abusers in the sense that they create dysfunction in the family dynamic. Not to mention the common belief that LGBTQ+ members raising kids “isn’t what God intended”.I think this way of thinking is seriously flawed and it is one example of why I believe in the separation of church and state.  

In the end, I think that if someone who is willing to adopt or foster a child meets the needs of the child then she, him, or they should be able too. 

 

 

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Deaf Smith

No. Heck NO.

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