January/February #161 : Adoption Issues - by Glenn Townes

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January / February 2010

Adoption Issues

by Glenn Townes

Adoption Assistance
Key resources for HIV-positive people who want to adopt a child

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
HIV/AIDS Project
125 Broad St., 18th Fl.
New York, NY 10004
Website: aclu.org/hiv-aids
Provides general information to individuals facing discrimination and civil rights issues. Offers legal referrals in discrimination cases.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
870 Market St., Ste. 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Website: nclrights.org
Provides direct legal services to LGBT people and their families and does advocacy work to advance and ensure this group’s human and civil rights.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)
P.O. Box 33053
Washington, DC 20033
Website: adoptionattorneys.org
Provides names of adoption attorneys by state. Access the listing online for individual contact information.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
800. 777.4723
Website: hrc.org
Provides information for connecting to adoption agencies with inclusive policies, offers advice about best practices and has a legal department to handle intake calls and make the appropriate referrals.

The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)
P.O. Box 6836
Arlington, VA 22206
Website: inciid.org
Provides information to couples and individuals exploring their family-building options. Connects clients with a network of adoption professionals who provide specific services to people with special needs. (Note: INCIID is pronounced in-side.)

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CBH, Houston, 2010-02-25 17:24:48
Thank you to Glenn Townes who in my opinion did an tremendous job on this article. As a SBM, who is HIV+ and have completed adoption home study process. I personally felt that the agency had failed me since they have not gone through with my child placement. The information provided in this article have been very informative and have given me a greater insight on my rights. Ricky & Keon, I wish you guys the very best as father and son. God bless you both!

A.T.H., Seattle, WA, 2010-01-23 22:00:18
This is a wonderful and inspirational story! Like Ricky, I decided that I would be open to the idea of having children in the future after I was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 23. I am also a government employee. I wish Ricky and Keon the very best! This story given me a lot of hope.

MR, Rockville,MD, 2010-01-17 18:22:04
HIPAA rules also applies to divulging private medical information to other entities-including attorneys.

JS, New York, 2010-01-16 22:33:21
Don't understand the request to waive his HIPAA rights... The Privacy Rule only applied to HIPAA covered entities-- Insurance companies, health providers etc.

Kevin Irvine, Chicago, 2010-01-12 22:42:34
I am also HIV+ and my wife & I adopted our now 4 y.o. daughter through a private agency in 2006. We had to educate them a bit & provide notes from my doctors (I also have Hemophilia & hepatitis C) but they treated us fairly. I think being upfront is important so no one thinks you are trying to be deceptive and have something to hide. The important thing is whether or not you are able to parent a child. Thanks for covering this topic!

DeQu, , 2010-01-08 10:08:05
Thank you for this article. Being HIV+, I had ruled out the possibility of adoption since I thought it would be used against me. You have now given me hope.

J issues. ROUSE, Upper Marlboro, 2010-01-06 16:08:48
The article was well written and extremely informative. I am so pleased that my friend was featured in it. It will help others to understand their rights when they have like adoption issues. It is such a shame that public officials have horrible prejudices.

Montell, New York City, 2010-01-06 13:57:43
This is an inspirational story. It's clear that despite living with HIV,a person can still be excellent parent. Mr. Stith is a primary example of this fact! Great story!!!

Tree, Norfolk, 2010-01-05 08:45:49
All children want to be loved. If Mr. Stith was proven to be a fit parent by the agency, then shame on the state attorney positioning herself in that way. Mr. Stith and his son will remain in my prayers.

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