A Support Group Created For “The Modern Family”
An educational support group catering to LGBT adoptive parents hosted their first meeting Saturday.
“The Modern Family” support group plans to meet for an 1.5 hours every other Saturday for six weeks. The cost is $15 per session for a single parent and $25 per session for couples.
The group will discuss topics, such as the strengths of LGBT adoptive parents, helping an adoptive child “come out” about their parent’s sexuality, the impact secrecy has on family relationships and intimacy, the group will touch on adoption and sexual orientation, and assisting children in dealing with the perception that their family is different.
Lynne Edwards, a group leader for “The Modern Family,” has dreamed about creating a group to serve LGBT adoptive parents for several years. She was the Executive Director of Coordinators2inc, which is a state licensed, non-profit adoption agency that has continuously represented and supported the LGBT population.
The organization, like most, upheld the state’s licensing of a “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. It wasn’t until an LGBT adoption was finalized, that the common issues related to overall adoption and specifically LGBT families became addressed.
There were seven repetitive issues that surfaced- loss, rejection, grief, guilt and shame, control, intimacy, and identity. Edwards explains that for any adoptive child, coming out is a difficult task, but for children adopted by LGBT families, they must explain they are adopted on top of revealing their parent’s sexual orientation.
“I think the topic is pertinent to the LGBT community within Richmond because an increasing number of LGBT couples and individuals are pursuing adoption and could benefit from this information,” Edwards said.
The group leaders hope to provide a platform for open conversation regarding this issue, embrace the diversity of LGBT adoptive families and discuss with these families the unique challenges they face.
For more information on the group including times and meeting location, contact Lynne Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Williams is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a calling to be a voice to the voiceless; and passion is to bring gender equality and ethnic justice to the forefront of RVA.
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