It takes a village to raise a child–or, in some instances, the gay and lesbian inhabitants.
That's the message comedian and fabulously out father Alec Mapa spreads when he headlines “an entertaining and informational
event” promoting adoption and foster parenting within the LGBT community.
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Mapa is known for his roles on ABC's Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, as well as “Big Daddy,” his stand-up show based on the experiences of joining his husband to raise a now 7-year-old boy. Besides yuks, the 7-9 p.m. Dec. 3 event at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana promises a panel discussion featuring LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
“Our goal is to find safe and loving homes for children who
desperately need them,” explains Rich Valenza, president of event sponsor RaiseAChild.US, in a statement from the nonprofit. “A
wealth of research and data clearly demonstrates the keen parenting
abilities within the LGBT community. We are a part of the solution for
our nation's overburdened foster system.”
His organization, which was only formed last year, has placed particular emphasis on an Orange County campaign that runs through December and includes radio PSAs on KPCC and KCRW and public transit
advertisements featuring LGBT families created through fostering and
Their slogan: “Let Love Define Family.”
RaiseAChild.US, which is finding open arms within the adoption community, cites data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services'
Administration for Children & Families that shows more than 107,000 children in the
foster care system are available to be adopted while certified
families are in short supply.
For more on the event at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, visit https://www.facebook.com/raiseachild or follow RaiseAChild.US on Twitter @RaiseAChild.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.