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Florida Senate adoption hearing Monday in Miami

From Equality Florida and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Senate committee wants Miami’s input
on adoption and foster care

Next Monday, December 3, the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs will hold a public hearing in Miami to discuss foster care and adoption issues.

The hearing will allow the public to discuss all issues related to foster care or adoption.

It is vital that our community have a strong presence at this hearing to share our stories and demand the committee take action.

This may be the only opportunity that the South Florida community will have to speak directly to the committee that has the power to end Florida's ban on gay and lesbian adoption. We need families of ALL shapes and sizes to come and share their stories about how this ban hurts our families and prevents children from finding permanent, loving homes.

When:

Monday, December 3, 2007
6:30 - 9:00 pm (Please arrive at 5:30 to sign up to speak)

Where:

Miami Dade College, Wolfson campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
Building 1000 at the corner of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 3rd Street
http://mdc.edu/wolfson/generalInfo/campus_map.asp

What you can do:

Pack the house:  Please come to the hearing. It is important that we show how many people care about this issue. Bring your family and friends. While it is not necessary to RSVP, it will help with our planning. Click here to RSVP so we know how many are coming.

Tell your story: Please speak at the hearing. Tell legislators how this ban has affected your family, friend, co-worker, etc. Each speaker is allowed 2-3 minutes. The legislators will not give rebuttal or make any comments. If you need talking points or additional information, please contact Mallory Wells, Equality Florida Public Policy Coordinator, at 407-617-6682, mallory@eqfl.org.

Get the word out: Please forward this email to all allies in the South Florida area

View the impact you can have: Please view testimony from the Tampa public hearing at:http://www.ig.tv/VideoPlayer/tabid/59/VideoId/157/Default.aspx.

Stay informed at www.eqfl.org.

RSVP: Click here to RSVP so we know how many are coming.

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