- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2013

New York City is launching a major campaign to recruit gay and lesbian foster parents and find more welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, The Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday.

The public ad campaign, set to roll out this week, features images of diverse family situations, such as an interracial gay couple spending time with a young child. “Be the reason she has hope,” one of the ads reads, as WSJ reports.

In another ad, a black woman is pictured with a white adolescent boy, WSJ reports. “Be the reason it gets better,” the message reads.

The executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan said many gay New Yorkers don’t realize that the city allows them to become foster parents.

“For a lot of LGBT people, they assume, ‘Well, we can’t do that,’” Glennda Testone said. “Even if they think it’s possible, they believe they may face bias.”

Ronald Richter, commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, told WSJ that the campaign is also to help the city find foster-care parents with more education and resources.

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