Well, this press release from England would surely make American fundies heads pop right off their shoulders, wouldn't it? While Catholic adoption charities in the states are whining that they're being "forced" to shut their doors for refusing to place any children with LGBT parents, across the pond they're directly reaching out to our community.
From a press release sent to Bilerico by Foster Care Associates (FCA), the UK's largest Independent Fostering Agency:
In August 2011, FCA attended Brighton Pride to inform members of the LGB community about fostering and how to become a foster carer. FCA's attendance at the event coincides with the publication of the new 'Fostering with Pride' leaflet, which focuses on encouraging LGB individuals and couples to foster with FCA.
FCA's goal is to promote further LGB carer recruitment and communicate the message that sexual orientation is not a barrier to foster.
Stuart Bray, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator at FCA said: "I am tremendously proud of the work that FCA has undertaken to make it clear to the LGB communities that we encourage them to apply to become foster carers for the agency. We already have many wonderful LGB carers - singles and couples - and we are looking for more who have the ability to nurture a child and make them feel safe and part of a family."
The 'Fostering with Pride' leaflet was created to give prospective LGB carers an insight into what to expect when fostering with FCA. It was written to appeal to the LGB community who may be unsure about fostering due to prejudice or stigma. The leaflet highlights the fact that FCA is committed to recruiting foster carers from all strands of diversity.
For all the American religious right calls to "Think of the children!", it seems that England actually is.