It’s now official policy in Massachusetts: Adults holding traditional values will no longer be allowed to adopt or be foster parents.
On May 15, 2013, the Boston Bar Association held a forum with the Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth. The DCF speakers confirmed that they are “weeding out” adoptive and foster parents who are not willing to wholly accept and support LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) self-identification by a child in their care.
The shocking admission of the DCF’s discriminatory policies towards parents holding traditional values comes in the last few minutes of the video.
Summary of major points at the forum
Erika Rickard, Vice Chair of the Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth and herself a foster parent, called attention to the urgent need for “supportive” foster parents for LGBT youth (who, she estimates, make up about 20% of youth in foster care in the state). The Commission is working in conjunction with the Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF) to find them “safe, welcoming, and affirming homes.”
Pointing to their high levels of rejection by their families, DCF wants to be sure these youth are placed with adults who completely accept the child’s self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. They have found that many adults who say they’re OK with sexual orientation and gender identity issues before the child is in their home then change and don’t give “proper support.”