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Child Welfare Network hosts recruitment event to focus on gay and lesbian parents

New York state’s Westchester County LGBT Child Welfare Network will hold a recruitment event Thursday, September 25 designed to share information with the LGBT community about how to become a foster or adoptive parent. The event will take place at the Memorial United Methodist Church – 250 Bryant Ave – White Plains, NY 10605 – beginning at 6 PM.

The event is offered those who feel they don’t fit into the “traditional” nuclear family model – those who are single, disabled, older or LGBT. Parents and their children will speak about what it’s like to be a foster or adoptive parent.

Staff from the county Department of Social Services and Westchester County foster and adoption agencies will be available to talk to attendees about their agencies and answer questions about the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

The Westchester County LGBT Child Welfare Network aims to recruit LGBT and LGBT-friendly families to become foster and adoptive parents to the over 900 children in foster care in Westchester County.

“Whether parents are of the same sex or the opposite sex makes no difference to a child hungry for love,” said County Executive Andy Spano. “This Network is dedicated to finding homes headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in which these children can grow and thrive. We’re proud that Westchester has such a Network.”