Thursday, March 8, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow state-funded private child-placement agencies the right to deny services based on their religious or moral beliefs.
Greg Greeley grew up in a large family and knew that one day he would want to start his own. "When I decided to start a family, and began reaching out to adopt, I was a single father," said Greeley, who moved to Virginia in 1987. He was in the Air Force and stationed at the Pentagon. As a single, gay man, Greeley faced many challenges before successfully navigating the state's adoption process. He started the process in 2001. A year later, after locating a progressive child-placement agency in Virginia, he adopted his first child from Ukraine. "It was a hard process and I was lucky," said Greeley, who lives in Arlington and now has a second adopted son from El Salvador. "The first question I asked each agency was, 'Do you work with single …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
HuffPost DC: Anti-discrimination measures, if passed, still won't allow same-sex couples to adopt.
Even if the state Board of Social Services approves regulations that would prevent child-placement agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples, those couples still wouldn't be able to adopt in Virginia, according to HuffPost DC. HuffPost DC cites Virginia law that bans adoption by any couples living together outside of marriage -- whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. Same-sex couples are not considered married in Virginia for the purposes of adoption. The state Board of Social Services has faced pressure from religious groups and elected officials, including Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, HuffPost DC reports. Gay marriage and other social issues have been big in area legislative races, …
Friday, September 24, 2010
Animal Welfare League of Arlington puts bequests into action for shelter.
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- Noreen Burns
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington opened a new two-story evaluation addition for dogs at it's facility in Shirlington this week. In addition to the completion of the $1M building, the Animal Welfare League has recently welcomed London native Neil Trent to its top leadership post of executive director. Trent will inherit an operation with a committed staff of 30, much appreciated volunteers, a fantastic facility, and an organization that is financially secure. "I think Neil will bring not only a wealth of animal welfare experience to our organization but also a fresh perspective," said manager of communications and training Susan Sherman, who had filled in as interim executive director. Trent has more than three decades of experience …