As I begin my CASA training in March, I think that the next important step would do what this woman in Texas has done by recruiting LGBT families for Washington Foster kids – especially since gay foster parenting and gay adoptions are not prohibited in our state – Lisa and I are proof of that. I would love to figure out how to assist gay parents – navigate DSHS to become licensed either through the state or through some private agencies (obviously not CCS). There is a need both for kids gay or straight needing homes about 18K kids at any one time – and Gay parents who want children. As well as LGBTQ youth needing open minded homes. In all the years we foster parented we only had 1 teen that was openly gay.
I have reached out to Tracy the executive director of this agency to see how I can put my time and talent to use here in WA. If I can’t return to work on a paid basis, I can’t let my education and experiences go to waste when there is such a need. Just one more thing that I hope the foundation I am working to start will focus on – not only inclusive hospital visitation but meeting the needs of our local LGBTQ youth.