Jillian Michaels Opens Up About Adoption Within the LGBTQ Community
Recently the celebrity trainer and star of Just Jillian talked with E!News about her new role as an advocate for RaiseaChild, a national organization dedicated to finding and supporting people who are interested in becoming foster/adoptive parents. Jillian Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhodes were recently honored at the 4th Annual RaiseAChild Honors Gala with the “Let Love Define Family” award.
In the interview with E!News, Michaels said, “I find it extremely concerning that there are over 100,000 kids in America who are in need of loving homes. This is unacceptable. Every child deserves a family.” Once she became aware of those numbers, she and partner Heidi Rhodes determined that adoption needed to be one of the paths they pursued in building their family. But like many other LGBTQ couples, they hit roadblocks along the way, including finding out that Congo and Ethiopia do not place children for adoption with gay couples.
She added, “….Up until very recently, there were only 14 states in which LGBTQ couples could adopt…the laws are changing in our country, for the better, at a dizzying pace.” And that dizzying pace means that building a family by adoption is now within reach for the millions of LGBTQ couples in the United States. “At this point now it is legal in all states of America,” Michaels told E!News. “I think love wins once again.”