Sometimes I just want to go out and howl at the moon when I read things like this:
A woman that can’t care for her four children—she’s got a drug problem, the father is not on the scene—begged her uncle to take in her children. He’s already raising two children but he did the right thing and took in his niece’s four children—kids that range in age from 10 months to 11 years old. Enter the state of
To the state, it's a simple matter of the law, which says that to adopt or be a foster parent, you must be legally married or single and not cohabitating.
But for the four siblings whose lives could be forever affected by this ludicrous homophobic law there’s an even bigger, more heartbreaking problem than
An 11-year-old boy who is in the temporary custody of his great-uncle says he wants to stay where he is. But his great-uncle is gay, and the state of
doesn’t license foster couples who aren’t legally married. Utah
That means this boy and his three brothers and sisters could be taken away from relatives and split up until their mother regains custody.
The boy said, “I would rather live with my mom. But if I can’t, I’d rather live here.”
But because of this asinine law, tearing this family apart would be inevitable since:
Finding foster parents for four siblings ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years is nearly impossible. Finding adoptive parents for a sibling group that large is utterly impossible. But the law in
Well thankfully not everyone in
Officials [requested] that the court take custody or grant custody to the state’s Division of Child and Family Services. On Friday, the courts took custody, then turned around and granted Valez temporary custody of the children.
“The judge said, ‘I see absolutely no reason why the kids can’t stay where they’re at,’”
Thank goodness there are still people around with enough decency, common sense, and the heart to do right by these kids.
Family Values? Pfffffffft!