LGBTQ+ foster and adoptive parents share their experiences
The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families hosted a Facebook Live conversation with LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents as well as advocates to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive parents and to share resources on affirming LGBTQ youth.
“I’ve learned a lot. I’m much less focused on me, because the kid is what takes priority,” Mark Ferrandino, former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and a dad who, along with his husband, adopted a child from foster care, said. “I remember a lot of times before we were adopting, my husband and I said ‘well how are we going to make this fit with our lives?’ Once you get that kid in your life, it doesn’t matter. Everything fits around that kid’s life, not your life. Sometimes that can be challenging, but the mornings when you wake up and your kid jumps on you and says ‘come on, let’s go play’ it’s just so amazing and so much fun.”
Special thanks to staff and parents with Adams County, The Adoption Exchange, Denver County, The Kempe Center/Child Welfare Training System, One Colorado and PFLAG Denver for participating in the panel discussion.