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Q: transgender adoption advocates?
I work for a non-profit in Dallas, TX that doesn't specialize in adoption, but one of the people I'm doing case management for wants to adopt. She is a trans woman. I've looked up various adoptions agencies in our area. I've been told that it would greatly help if I connect her with an LGBT adoption advocate. Do you know of any agencies that provides these services? (other than private adoption organizations that cost upwards of $1000)
A: Response from Diane Tomaz
Thank you for your question. Has your client considered adoption from foster care? We have had experience with trans identified parents through our agency's work and they were all placed with children for adoption. There is a non-discrimination policy in place with our Dept. of Children and Families. Your client can call AdoptUsKids, a national referral agency, who can provide contact information for a similar agency in Texas.
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Prior to her arrival at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in 2010, Diane Tomaz taught kindergarten, ESL to adult learners, and Spanish and English literature to high school students. Today she works to raise the general public's awareness of the need for safe, loving adoptive families for children in foster care.