Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Catholic Charities and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Adoptions
"Family Builders by Adoption"
CCCYO Staff Flowchart
"There will be critics
who say that kids will still be placed with same-sex
couples,'' said Cahill, who is planning "an aggressive
recruitment'' of potential adoptive parents among the
archdiocese's parishes. "That is true -- the largest
potential number of adoptive parents in the foster care
system are gay and lesbian couples. But this is what we are
supposed to be doing. This is the work of the church.
Brian Cahill, Executive Director, Catholic
Charities CYO, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, August
next step was to
allow homosexual persons to adopt children through
CCCYOs adoption network. This began as early as
But Catholic Charities CYO, which serves the Northern California counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, has placed three children out of 136 with same-sex couples since 2000 .Despite the conflict created by the Vatican's official position, Brian Cahill, executive director of Catholic Charities CYO, says his organization would place children with same-sex couples even if it were exempt from the law because "it's the right thing to do."
The archbishop serves
as chairman of the agency's board of directors, which
determines its policies. Four of its 35 board members are
openly gay. "Part of giving care to everyone is not being
discriminatory," says Nanette Miller, one of the lesbian
was followed by
CCCYOs supplying staff to Family
Builders by Adoption
the gayest adoption agency in the
country. Again, we begin with a chronological
sequence of headlines from the San Francisco Chronicle:
March 11, 2006: Catholic charity might stop adoptions; Vatican prohibits placement with same-sex couples.
the same pattern as in the "Domestic Partners" issue of
doctrinal opposition, based in Catholic moral teaching,
followed by a compromise that is in fact a capitulation.
Once again, let us examine the stance taken by CCCYO. But
please note, in keeping with our thesis that the corruption
has grown over time, that now the opposition comes not from
lower level employees, but from the Executive Director,
Brian Cahill, himself. All emphases are added:
The five children (given up for adoption to homosexual couples in San Francisco had "special needs" and were hard to place, Cahill said . . . The great majority of these kids present problems and, God love them, they need a home, and our primary focus is to find a home for them," Cahill said. The children were placed with "very qualified, very committed" couples who were recommended by the city, he said.
The San Francisco
Chronicle article of August
Catholic agency finds way out of adoption ban.
Alliance with other groups gets around same-sex parent
issue, deserves to be quoted at length. All
emphases are added:
In an adroit end-run against a Vatican ban on granting adoptions to same-sex couples, Catholic Charities of San Francisco will launch a new project in coming weeks that experts say will lead to the placement of hundreds of foster children around the state every year. . .
And the Bay Area Reporter (serving the gay lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities") had an informative article as well. Again, emphases added.
Under the terms of the partnership, Catholic Charities will provide three staff people to Family Builders by October 1, so that California Kids Connection can dramatically increase the number of children it is able to profile on the site, including the kids who otherwise would have been placed directly by Catholic Charities. The Catholic Charities staff members will work out of the original Oakland location of Family Builders.
And in the Bay Area Reporter from March 23, 2006:
"Nanette Miller, a lesbian and member of Catholic Charities' board, said she is also hopeful the agency can come up with a positive solution, such as when the archdiocese figured out a way to adhere to the city's requirement under the equal benefits ordinance that it extend domestic partner benefits to employees so as not to lose its funding.
Finally, what was Archbishop George Niederauers response to the compromise? From an interview on KNBR Radio on February 4, 2007:
Ed Cavagnaro: Last year you faced the issue of gay adoption, when the Church announced that children should not be placed in same-sex households. But you worked out a solution that allowed Catholic Charities to still participate in placing children. Explain how that worked and do you see more issue being settled in this way?
In March, 2007, the City
and County of San Francisco began an aggressive
to encourage homosexual and transgender couples to adopt.
The organization they partnered with, Family Builders by
Adoption, is now staffed by Catholic Charities.
it simple: Family Builders partners with the city, who fund
Catholic Charities, who staff Family Builders, who partners
with the city, who fund Catholic Charities, who staff Family
You get the picture. It's "remote cooperation."