December 6, 2012

Lund Receives Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” Seal of Recognition for its Work with LGBT Families

Posted in Adoption tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:24 pm by Lund

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BURLINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced on Friday that Lund has become the first adoption agency in Vermont to earn the All Children—All Families seal of recognition.

The agency earned the honor by meeting the required criteria for fully inclusive policies and practices in working with the LGBT community. The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children—All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework for agencies to establish policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The seal was presented to Heather Simmons, Lund’s Associate Director of Adoption, on Friday, November 30.

“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization of such caliber as the Human Rights Campaign,” said Simmons. “For over 120 years, Lund has focused on providing the highest quality of services to children and families throughout Vermont. Inherent to this focus is the recruitment and retention of an array of foster care providers, to include qualified applicants from the LGBT community. It is our goal to help all children in need, so it is nice to be recognized as a leader in serving diverse groups.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Lund into the community of child welfare organizations that are truly committed to creating more loving families by removing barriers to qualified LGBT adoptive parents. It is wonderful that LGBT individuals and couples in Vermont have a trusted resource to turn to when pursuing adoption,” added Ellen Kahn, HRC’s Family Project Director.

Founded as a maternity home in 1890, Lund has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of society, yet never straying from its mission of helping children thrive. Today, Lund is a comprehensive treatment center and family support agency, offering an array of integrated services in response to the needs of pregnant or parenting teens and women, adoptive families, and families with children.

The “All Children – All Families” initiative, launched in 2007, promotes policies and practices that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. To date, ACAF has over 50 participating agencies across the country, and has awarded 27 seals of recognition. In 2011, HRC launched a “50 state strategy,” with the goal of securing at least one ACAF-recognized adoption agency dedicated to working with LGBT families in every state. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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