Local Agency Helping Same Sex Couples Adopt

- Rockford- Jeff Barnes keeps a picture of his two adopted children as his computer background. Barnes is not your ordinary adoptive parent, he is gay.

Barnes and his partner Carlos adopted a pair of twins named Olivia and Santiago last year. Barnes says he was fearful his kids may be teased growing up with two fathers.

But he says being a parent is worth it. He plans on mentoring same sex couples who want to adopt.

Barnes who works as a social worker says to same sex couples wanting to adopt”by all means proceed with you adoption. As we’ve seen really over the last two to four years, society’s views are changing for the gay community.”

Children’s Home and Aid is holding a meeting in Loves Park next month for same sex couples wanting to adopt.

They want them to know they will be treated fairly in the adoption process.

Jennifer Mitchell of Children’s Home and Aid says “it’s not really anymore difficult going through the process as it would be for a traditional heterosexual couple. Most of the steps are pretty much the same.”

Barnes knows some will object to him adopting children, but he says he offers what every family does.

Barnes says “loving an individual comes from your heart. And to love a child that loves you back unconditionally, that’s something that’s hard to replace or hard to find anywhere else.”

The meeting will be held at 6625 North 2nd Street in Loves Park on October 2nd at 7pm. It will be free to the public, but RSVP because space is limited.

For more information on the meeting contact Jennifer Mitchell at (815) 720-2107

For more information on Children’s Home and Aid you can visit their website at http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/

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