The Human Rights Campaign is calling a press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 to urge Governor Bob McDonnell to support proposed changes in adoption and foster policies.
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Washington – The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – will join Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin, Equality Virginia, and Northern Virginia lesbian and gay adoptive parents to hold two press conferences on Wednesday, April 13 to ask Governor McDonnell and the State Board of Social Services to put the best interest of Virginia’s children first by eliminating discrimination in the adoption process. There are currently over one thousand children in Virginia’s foster care system waiting to be adopted into a loving forever home. Barring discrimination could open hundreds of loving homes to Virginia’s children.
Governor McDonnell has said he opposes proposed regulations in front of the State Board of Social Services that would remove some forms of discrimination in the adoption process. HRC and partners will call on the governor and members of the State Board of Social Services to enact these regulations, and go further by proposing law that would place the best interest of children first by eliminating all discrimination in the adoption process.
In Richmond, HRC will be joined by the following people and organizations:
Joe Solmonese, HRC President (Alexandria and Richmond)
Ellen Kahn, HRC Family Project Director (Alexandria and Richmond)
John Dougherty, Vice President for Business Development at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (Richmond)
James Parrish, Equality Virginia Executive Director (Richmond)