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November 17, 2009

Adoption Events Tomorrow!

Since November is National Adoption Month, we thought we'd quickly highlight a couple of adoption-related events that are happening this week.

Tomorrow, NARAL Pro-Choice New York is partnering with Spence-Chapin and The LGBT Center’s Center Kids program to host Choices: Adoption.

Choices: Adoption” will highlight the work being done to ensure that all people have access to and are supported in the process of adoption.

Presenters will share the work they do to ensure that birth mothers are heard, that professionals are trained to include adoption when options counseling, that the socioeconomic factors underlying transracial adoption are uncovered and discussed and that all individuals and families, regardless of race, sexual orientation and class are recruited as adoptive parents.

Presenters include:
Antoinette Williams, Assistant Director of Domestic Adoption at Spence-Chapin
Marci Lieber, MSW, Healthcare Advocate at Spence-Chapin
Molly HyoJung Bidol, LMSW, Counselor, Coach, Consultant on Transracial Adoption
Birth Mother who placed for adoption through Spence-Chapin
Event is free and open to all with RSVP to Lalena Howard at lhoward@prochoiceny.org or 646-520-3506.
Event space is wheel-chair accessible. Please bring a photo ID to enter the building.

NARAL Pro-Choice New York
470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor, NYC
(Between 31st and 32nd st.)

And on Thursday, Human Rights Campaign is hosting a national web chat on LGBT adoption.

Over 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting to be adopted. Each one deserves to be part of a loving, accepting family. We can be those families.

November is National Adoption Month, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of adoption. As part of this celebration, join the Human Rights Campaign for a national web chat on adoption on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. Tune in to learn about adopting children and youth from foster care and what specific information the LGBT community needs to know.

Prior to the discussion, HRC will accept questions that will be answered live by a panel of adoption experts and posted in our chat room at www.hrc.org/chat. Questions may be submitted in advance by e-mailing: webchat@hrc.org.

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