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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dustin can't handle the truth

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Letter from Holly Dickson, staff attorney for the Arkansas ACLU:

Three teenagers who live in a state residential facility and are currently waiting for foster or adoptive homes here in Arkansas have requested to join our case challenging Act 1 [which prohibits adoptions by unmarried couples].  Today the Attorney General is filing a motion asking the judge to deny these young people’s request to be heard in the lawsuit.
With today’s motion, the Attorney General is trying to keep the very people most directly affected by Act 1 – children in state care who desperately need homes – from having any say in the case. 

In 2009 alone, 248 teenagers aged out of the system in Arkansas, reaching their 18th birthdays and leaving state care with no parents to provide them with economic or emotional support.  Nobody knows better than these young people what it means to have their chances of being placed in a good home made even smaller by this unfair law.
When the judge allowed the Arkansas Family Council to intervene in our challenge to Act 1, he said that we shouldn’t be afraid to let anyone have a voice in this case.  Why is the attorney general so afraid to let the very children most impacted by Act 1, the children it claims to care so much about, have a voice in this case?

-- Holly Dickson

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