Guest Editorial: Supporting Adoptions, Creating Loving Families

By Recker McDowell —

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has announced her office was easing its opposition to adoptions by same-sex couples.

Adel’s predecessor, Bill Montgomery, was not keen on adoptions by same-sex couples. That led to the County Attorney’s Office outsourcing legal work for adoptions mandated by state law. Arizona statute requires County Attorneys to provide some free legal services in uncontested adoption cases. It also came after federal court rulings legalizing same-sex marriages. The move by Montgomery, who now serves on the Arizona Supreme Court, cost the county $750,000 annually to farm adoption work out to private firms.

Adel is bringing that work back in house. The move saves taxpayers’ money.

It also about helping kids without parents find loving homes. Families and love come in many different forms. We should be supportive of the creation of loving families. This is the important part of Adel’s move.

There are more than 400,000 kids in foster care in the U.S. That is more than population of Tampa, Florida and New Orleans.

There also kids in emergency shelters waiting for foster care. Almost all these kids are coming out of environments of abuse and neglected. They are also prime targets for sex and human trafficking. An estimated 800,000 kids going missing every year in the U.S. by far the most of any country.

We need to be doing everything we can to support adoptions that help kids in need find the loving families and safe homes they deserve.

This is the point of Adel’s move and it should be applauded.