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CT officials raised awareness about adoption opportunities for LGBTQ families

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Families commented about the adoption process including Michael Brinckerhoff, who along with his partner Troy Saunders adopted Indigo Brinckerhoff. (WFSB) Families commented about the adoption process including Michael Brinckerhoff, who along with his partner Troy Saunders adopted Indigo Brinckerhoff. (WFSB)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said adopting a child “is one of the most significant demonstrations of love and affection that a family can make.” (WFSB) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said adopting a child “is one of the most significant demonstrations of love and affection that a family can make.” (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut officials including the governor raised awareness of adoption opportunities for LGBTQ families.

November is Adoption Awareness Month in the State of Connecticut and an event was held to recognize it on Monday. The governor's office stated at least 87 same-sex couples in Connecticut have adopted a child from foster care since 2007. 

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz said for LGBTQ families to adopt is not just a civil right, but “it is about doing right by our children.”

“There are still too many children in Connecticut without a permanent family, and we need to ensure that every Connecticut family looking to provide a loving home for a child knows that we will support their interest in adoption,” Katz said in a statement on Monday.

Katz is a former justice of the Connecticut State Supreme Court who voted with the majority in a landmark 2008 decision that granted same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry. 

DCF officials said they have supported "same-sex couple adoptions for many years and has conducted targeted outreach over the last ten years." DCF officials added they have advertised in media serving the LGBTQ community and distributed recruitment information at the pride festival in Hartford and at other community events.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said adopting a child “is one of the most significant demonstrations of love and affection that a family can make.”

“In particular, at a time when LGBTQ rights are being threatened on the federal level, we want individuals considering adoption in Connecticut to know that our state is proud to reaffirm our support for members of our LGBTQ community, and encourage them to consider growing their families through adoption,” Malloy said in a statement on Monday.

Connecticut’s juvenile courts are expected to complete about 80 adoptions as part of Adoption Day on Nov. 17, according to the governor’s office.

The governor's office released the following facts about adoption in Connecticut:

  • Last year, there were 436 children who were adopted from foster care and another 323 children whose guardianship was transferred to a relative or someone they knew.
  • Families who adopt children from the foster system receive a variety of supports from DCF, including a monthly stipend to pay for expenses related to the care of the child, health insurance for the child, services to meet the needs of the children in their care, and support through parent organizations.  Additionally, Connecticut leads the nation in supporting access to higher education for youth in state care by providing financial assistance to attend college until age 23.
  • There are 470 fewer children in foster care as of October 1, 2017, which is a reduction of nearly ten percent compared to January 2011 when the Malloy administration began.  About half of them will go back to their families.  In addition, many – about 40 percent – are currently living with relatives or kin.
  • All kinds of families can adopt.  There are no restrictions based on household characteristics related to marriage or sexual orientation.  Renters are equally valued, and household income only needs to be adequate to support household members without counting the adoption subsidy.
  • License requirements for adoption, which can take four to six months to complete, include: Pre-licensing training equal to 30 hours, which can take about 10 weeks; Home visits by our licensing staff and a home study, which comes at no cost; and Background checks for criminal or child abuse history that could prevent licensure. 

An Adoption Awareness Month concert to benefit children in foster care will also be held at a choral studio in Hamden on Nov. 18.

To learn more about adopting foster children, click here or call 888-KID-HERO.

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