My son is moving this weekend from his group home in NE Washington. His move today is necessitated because the place where he has been living is closing. It turns out the funding was provided by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and they have withdrawn their money from foster care in protest against the DC Council’s support of gay marriage. Hansel has been found a place to go (and only needs it for two months until he turns 21 and completes his independent living program) but other kids in future won’t be so lucky–DC child and family services need every bed they can get.
Within the last couple of weeks, Mayor Fenty, a strong supporter of gay rights, has lost the Democratic nomination to Vincent Gray, an equally strong supporter of gay rights. It does not seem as though the Catholic church will be funding foster care in the city any time soon.
Perhaps I’ll start a gay-friendly charity to support DC foster care? Engaged couples—want to encourage donations instead of registering at Crate and Barrel?