Dec 19, 2008

Thanks for The Foster Care, Now Go Away

In addition to not liking anti-gay amendments, I'd venture to say on behalf of the LGBT community that we also don't like it when the state "allows" us to take care of its at-risk children when they are in greatest need, and then disqualifies us from becoming full legal parents to those children when we seek to take on that important responsibility.

At least one West Virginia couple doesn't like it, that's for sure. Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess are appealing a judge's order denying them the right to adopt the 11-month-old baby girl they've been raising since birth, when the drug-addicted infant was placed with them for foster care. The same judge who placed the child with the couple when it was felt that they could "provide appropriate and suitable foster care," now states that he feels that "the best interest of a child is to be raised by a traditional family, mother and father."

West Virginia allows adoption by single people and couples. There's no prohibition on adoption by lesbian and gay singles or couples.

After quite a bit of back and forth in this case, it was determined that the baby could stay with the couple until the West Virginia Supreme Court rules on the case. Oral argument is scheduled for March 11, and we'll keep you posted.

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