The Supreme Court’s recent decision, overturning Roe v. Wade and almost half a century of precedent sent shock waves through our nation. And, the language in the opinion signaling looming threats to other freedoms related to our ability to find, form, and sustain our families has raised considerable fears within the LGBTQ+ community. In the wake of Dobbs, we have heard from many LGBTQ+ families asking how they can not only create their families but how they may also protect and care for their families. And, we’ve heard from allies asking what they can do to make a difference.
Pathways to Parenthood brings together LGBTQ+ people looking to enhance their families through parenthood—via a number of options like adoption, assisted reproduction, fostering to adopt, and others. And this year we’ll add information about how our families can ensure their families stay whole no matter the legal challenge.
|9AM||Tea/Coffee/Selection of continental breakfast items|
|9:30AM – 10:15AM||Foster Pathway: Foster parenting is a way of caring for a child of any age for a range of time, usually because the child has been removed from a prior familial situation deemed unfit. Fostering can, but doesn’t always, lead to permanent adoption.|
|10:30AM – 11:15AM||Surrogacy/Assisted Reproduction Pathway (presented with support from Cryobio):
|11:30AM – 12:15PM||Adoption Pathway – (presented with support from Choice Network): Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person’s biological or legal parent(s)/guardian(s).|
|12:30PM – 1:15PM||Legally Securing Your Family: In the LGBTQ+ community our families are often created by bond first and not bold. In the wake of Dobbs, we have heard from many LGBTQ+ families asking how they can not only create their families but how they may also protect and care for their families. We’ll spend time with Columbus lawyer Hanna Botkin-Dotty exploring how we should ensure our families are not only bonded but also legally secure.|
|Guest Speaker||Hanna Botkin-Dotty: Attorney, educator, and LGBTQ+ advocate; entrepreneur and sole proprietor of Hannah’s Legal Help in Columbus, Ohio. Hanna spent their career working in the Domestic and Juvenile Courts across the state. They now focus work on writing Estate Plans, Dissolutions, Adoptions, LGBTQ Law including Name Changes, Birth Certificate Corrections, and Second Parent Determinations.|
|Mix & Mingle|
|1:00PM||Lunch & Mix|
Conversations moderated by Stonewall Executive Director — Densil Porteous