October 25, 2011
All Children Matter
A newly released research report, All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families is the most comprehensive look to date at children living in LGBT families—and how they are failed by society, government and the law. Co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, and the Center for American Progress, the report shares the challenges faced by the two million children raised by LGBT parents—children from all walks of life, living in almost every U.S. county. The 100+ recommendations included in the report are focused on enacting simple changes to unfair laws and policies to ensure that all children have the chance to reach their full potential. Report partners also include the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the National Association of Social Workers, and COLAGE.
Remarked, Dr. Jean W. Anastas, NASW president, “NASW is pleased to be a partner on this report. The key findings of the report highlight the laws, policies and practices that perpetuate inequalities experienced by LGBT families. Social workers address the needs of all types of families in our diverse society and work toward eliminating stigma, harassment and discrimination directed at LGBT people and their families. The report recommendations are in alignment with the values and ethics of the social work profession, and are supported by the guidance reflected in the NASW “Social Work Speaks” policy statements”.
The report is available at www.children-matter.org.
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