Why can’t Labour say gay adoption, Ctd

During the election the Labour party announced their supposed gay friendly policies but couldn’t quite bring themselves to actually say the words gay adoption or gay marriage anywhere in their manifesto.

David Cameron has managed to bring the Conservative party in the UK to the point where it is likely it will be them and not Labour that legalises gay marriage.

In Australia though child care organisers are now turning to the gay community as foster parents:

Like many couples, Brett Albury and Brett McKinnon reached the stage in their relationship where they wanted children. ”We have nieces and godchildren, we really love children,” said Mr McKinnon, ”but obviously we weren’t in a position to have children of our own.”

They had been together seven years, and shared a mortgage and a business, when they saw a recruitment advertisement for foster carers. It declared carers could be ”single or in a relationship; gay or straight …”

”We went straight away to the information evening,” said Mr McKinnon, 46.

The Benevolent Society, which had placed the advertisement, has recruited foster carers from the gay community for three years. It will ratchet up its efforts during the Mardi Gras festival that begins next month.

There will be advertisements in the Sydney Star Observer, the newspaper for the gay community, and an information stall at the Mardi Gras Fair Day presided over by gay and lesbian foster carers. As well, a grant from the Aurora Group, a gay charity, will enable the society to hold extra recruitment evenings.

Although the society is a relative newcomer in foster care, almost 25 per cent of its 112 foster carers identify as being gay.

The chief executive officer, Anne Hollonds, said the organisation did not have a religious affiliation that might be a barrier to such recruitment. ”This is about kids,” she said. ”We’re there for the kids. It’s not that easy to find foster carers, and we’re an organisation that searches for the best carers.”

NSW has suffered a chronic shortage of foster carers. An 87 per cent surge in the number of children in care between 2002 and 2010 – from 9273 to 17,400 – has put huge pressure on the system. Older carers are retiring, and working women and their partners have proved less willing to take over the role.

But it is not out of desperation that agencies have suddenly turned to the gay community. Barnardos, one of the biggest agencies, has had an open-door policy to gay carers for more than 25 years. Recently it facilitated adoptions by two gay foster-care couples after the state legalised same-sex adoptions in September 2010.

I think it is high time that we all grew up over gay adoption and gay marriage.

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