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The Abbey to Celebrate LGBT Parenthood

The event organized by the Pop Luck Club, the Family Services Program and the L.A. County DCFS offers LGBT parents and parents-to-be a chance to explore adoption and other available resources.

The Abbey to Celebrate LGBT Parenthood

Father's Day festivities in Weho this year will include a special celebration at . 

Representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Family Services Program will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to educate and encourage gays and lesbians to become adoptive and foster parents.

Staff information tables will be set up along with a photo display of children in the foster care system in need of a family and a book signing by KTTV-TV Channel 11 anchor Christine Devine, whose Finding a Forever Family was inspired by her Wednesday's Child stories.

"Many gays and lesbians do not realize we can create our families through fostering and adoption,'' said Rich Valenza, a co-president of the Pop Luck Club, which is organizing the celebration and bills itself as the largest known gay fathers group in the world. "Bringing these resources to The Abbey, our communities favorite hot spot, will inspire prospective dads and moms to take the next step as they plan their families."

The first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane on the third Sunday in June, reports CNS. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended Father's Day be a national holiday. President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father's Day as a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday in June in 1966, and President Richard Nixon signed a bill into law to do so in 1972.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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