Letters to the Editor

Homeless children find ‘safe haven’ in gay adoption | Letter

Email your letter to: letters@kirklandreporter.com - File art
Email your letter to: letters@kirklandreporter.com
— image credit: File art

I am writing in appreciation of the articulate and sensitive letter from Eleanor Mann on the topic of child adoption by gay and lesbian families.

Marriage equality has been law in Massachusetts since 2004; preceding that gay and lesbian partners were permitted to foster and adopt children. Not only have homeless infants and toddlers been provided with loving parents but older children and teenagers, thrown into the street by birth parents who detested their “gayness,” have found the safe haven of an adoptive “forever home” as well.

At this point, my college student granddaughter has friends and classmates reared and nurtured by gay or lesbian parents.  The kids are all right.

If the writer espousing AIDS/HIV testing for lesbian and gay adoptive parents truly cares about the welfare of children, he or she might consider finger printing and background checks for heterosexual couples embarking on parenthood. The physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted on  America’s child-victims comes, overwhelmingly, alas, from their birth parents or a close relative.

As Ms. Mann wrote, “Help make this world a better place.”

Mona Howard, North Oxford, Mass.

 

Our Mobile Apps

Community Events, April 2014

Add an Event
We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Apr 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.