For the kids: Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1 | Arkansas Blog

Monday, October 20, 2008

For the kids: Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Arkansas Families First announces it will begin a TV campaign tomorrow agaisnt Proposed Initiated Act 1, which would make adoption and foster parenting more difficult in Arkansas. News release on the jump.

These are real foster and adopted kids. You can vote for them. Or you can vote for the so-called "family" group that wants to impose its pinched views on the rest of the world.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Families First today unveiled a new television ad that will begin airing throughout Arkansas Tuesday morning and run through the election.

The 30-second spot features faces and voices of real Arkansas children, including former foster and adopted children. The children are joined by adults who lived in foster homes as children. Together, they ask voters to say no to Initiated Act 1, which would ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.

“This ad gets to the heart of the issue, and that is the children,” said Jennifer Ferguson, deputy director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. “The broad nature of this harmful act means it could affect any Arkansas child who lost their parents. We hope voters remember these faces and vote ‘no’ to Act 1.”

Child welfare experts agree that children should be placed in homes that best meet their needs. A panel of prominent retired judges also asserts that judges should be allowed to place children in homes on a case-by-case basis, without being restricted by a blanket policy that limits the already small pool of good homes.

The spot joins a 9-minute DVD also produced by Arkansas Families First. Both are being distributed across the state. The DVD has been viewed more than 1,100 times since being posted online last Thursday.

The 30-second spot was produced by Arkansas Families First and features all volunteers. There are no paid actors.

The spot has been distributed to the advertising departments of all the Arkansas broadcast television stations. It is also available at

Members of the Arkansas Families First coalition includes Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the Arkansas Psychological Association, the Arkansas ACLU, Inter Faith Alliance, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and others. For more information about the Families First coalition, visit


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