Anastasia Torres-Gil

PFLAG Santa Cruz County is proud to announce that the Tuesday, April 8th meeting will feature
Creating Families through Local Adoption Foster Care

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Peace United Church of Christ
900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060


Please join us as we discuss adoption and foster care as a way to create warm and loving families in the LGBT Community. Right now in our county, there are amazing kids of all ages who are waiting for wonderful homes. Loving homes are particularly needed for sibling groups and older children.

Learn about the many benefits of fostering and adopting in the County of Santa Cruz.

The first hour of the PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) Santa Cruz County meeting is dedicated to discussion groups, followed by a brief break. The second hour will be dedicated to our April keynote speakers.

April PFLAG-SCC Keynote speakers:

Anastasia Torres-Gil
Resource Family Specialist with the County of Santa Cruz’s Roots & Wings Program, Anastasia helps people interested in fostering and adopting complete the county’s application process. She will also be promoting their new AB 12 Program to support young foster adults age 18-20. Anastasia is the proud fost/adopt mom of two wonderful daughters.

Rob Watson
One of the most visible and vocal LGBT foster/adopt parents in the country, Rob has published more than 60 articles on his blog, most of which have been picked up by Huffington Voice Gay Voices and major LGBT news outlets. He draws on his experience as a gay man who has battled homophobia and as a recovering alcoholic with more than 30 years sobriety to enhance his depth and breadth as a parent. Rob has two eleven-year old sons, each adopted through Fost/Adopt in Santa Cruz County. They currently reside in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Rob’s partner Jim who has become a loving step-parent to the boys.

Rev. Cordelia Strandskov
Rev. Cordelia began her adoption process in September of 2011, and got the call that a baby was waiting for her in the hospital on November 1, 2012. Baby Bea was a tiny, ‘high risk’ infant when she came home, but is now a (still tiny) active, developmentally advanced toddler! Beatrix Evangeline was officially adopted on September 6, 2013, and is the joy of Cordelia’s life.

Shaun and Mikey Ordinario
It’s almost been a year since Shaun adopted his son Weston. Shaun, his husband Mikey, and Weston have truly shown the world what it means to be a family. Weston was alone and estranged from his biological family due to his sexual orientation. Now he has more family than he ever knew possible.

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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Santa Cruz County meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm at First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz (recently renamed : Peace United Church of Christ) at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz) at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz.

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