GLBT Families

Brian Frank’s discussion raised awareness about LGBT families and he shared his personal story about the challenges he and his partner, Steven faced in adopting a child. Brian knew he always wanted to be a father, but during the time Brain and Steven wished to start a family, there were very few options for LGBT families. Brian and Steven, having faced discrimination for their sexual orientation, decided that they would adopt a “hard to place child” in the foster care system. Brian and Steven cared for many children through the foster care system, and Brian spoke of the emotional pain he felt, as the foster children would eventually leave. This made me emotional, because I cannot even imagine how difficult it would be to care for a child and hope to adopt them, only for them to be moved through the system. Brian and Steven were eventually able to adopt their son, Darius, and became the first male gay couple to successfully adopt in Albany.

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