Celebrating National Adoption Month, Ros-Lehtinen States “We Must Continue to Raise Awareness So That More Children Can Find Loving Parents and Safe Homes.”

Nov 7, 2013

Celebrating National Adoption Month, Ros-Lehtinen States “We Must Continue to Raise Awareness So That More Children Can Find Loving Parents and Safe Homes.”

“Our children are precious and they should have a stable environment in which to learn and grow. We must continue to raise awareness so that more children can find loving parents and safe homes.”

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen urges all Americans to celebrate National Adoption Month and continues to raise awareness about the ability to adopt and the need for more adoptions. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen joined Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in introducing the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, legislation that would “provide clear guidance to states, and promotes the best interests of children in the foster care system by increasing their access to safe, supportive, and permanent homes.”

Through "Voice for Adoption," a national advocacy organization, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was paired with the Gil family from Florida, who came to Washington, DC for the introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, for the "Adoptive Family Portrait Project" in an effort to raise awareness and support National Adoption Month. After fostering several children, Martin Gil and his partner, Bruce, filed a petition for adoption with the Florida Circuit Court to adopt their two foster sons, Nathaniel and Xavier, an action that was prohibited by a 1977 Florida law that bans gays and lesbians from adopting. Later, Martin and Bruce were finally granted custody of their sons, effectively nullifying the Florida anti-gay adoption statute and making it unenforceable. The Gil family's picture and inspirational story will be displayed in the Congresswoman’s office throughout the month of November in honor of adoption.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Every child dreams of a life surrounded by love, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation. I’m proud to support legislation like the Every Child Deserves a Family Act and participate in projects that promote the creation and expansion of loving families. Our children are precious and they should have a stable environment in which to learn and grow. We must continue to raise awareness so that more children can find loving parents and safe homes.”