Friday, May 22, 2009

Obama and Adoption

During last week's speech at Notre Dame, President Obama made this comment: "[s]o let's work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term." My question is, what can he or government in general do to make adoption more available?

What parts of the system need assistance? More financial, medical and counselling assistance for those women and men who want to work on an adoption plan? More financial assistance to the families who chose to adopt? Openness to all types of families, like single-parent homes, homes headed by members of the LGBT community or those older than typical? Encouragement of adoption from the foster care system? Encouragement of adopting older youth? Support of post-adoption services such as support groups and family counselling?

These are just a few issues. What would you tell President Obama if you had a chance to speak to him on this issue?

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