| Adrian Jay Neil-Hobson
LGBTQ FAMILIES HAVE fewer legal protections and societal support. This affects the whole family, but children are often most strongly impacted. While Ohio permits single LGBTQ individuals to petition to adopt, it does not permit a same-sex couple to jointly petition to adopt, nor does Ohio permit a same-sex partner to petition to adopt their partner’s child or a child of the relationship. As a result, it is more difficult for same-sex couples to get many of the resources/benefits that are afforded to heterosexual couples. Additionally, these limitations can lead to a sense of loneliness or exclusion. Pride Leadership, a program of United Way of Central Ohio, wanted to do something to help change these conditions by providing legal, financial and informational resources to LGBTQ families.
As a result, Pride Leadership Cycle 7 has established The Family Pride Network with the mission to provide resources and a community that connect, support and educate LGBTQ families within Central Ohio.
The public and LGBTQ families are invited to attend a community kickoff event featuring educational and social components. Speakers and other professionals will provide a variety of adoption, legal and financial resources. The social component will allow LGBTQ families and those interested in having families to be able to connect. During the event, children will get to interact with peers who are experiencing similar journeys. There will be snacks, mask-making and other fun activities.
D: October 26