Title

"Cover Story" piece on gay people who know that if they want to adopt a child in

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-8-2000

Pages

10-12, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on gay people who know that if they want to adopt a child in Maine, they often have to hide or lie about their sexual orientation. According to Jane Testa and Barbara Campagna of Falmouth, a lesbian couple with one son, the result of artificial insemination, and an 11-year-long relationship, the Maine Adoption Placement Service (MAPS) in Portland does not accept applications from homosexual couples. But Virginia Boyles, the executive director of MAPS, denied her agency discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. With focus on several gay people and couples who are interested in adopting a child, and advice from Judy Berry of Gorham, the only lawyer in Maine registered with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and Patricia Peard, a Portland attorney who represents lesbians going through the adoption process.

Subjects

Adoption, Homosexuals

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