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Va. launching adoption campaign Friday

Friday - 5/17/2013, 3:21am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is launching an ambitious campaign to match more than 1,000 children in foster care with 1,000 adoptive parents.

The "Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000" will get its official start Friday at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

In advance of the event, Equality Virginia and the Family Equality Council are calling on McDonnell to open adoption to all qualified parents. A Virginia law allows private adoption agencies to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Equality Virginia says the state has more than 4,000 children in the foster care system.

The McDonnell campaign launch comes during Foster Care Month in Virginia.

McDonnell urges anyone considering becoming a foster parent or adopting to visit: www.VirginiaAdopts.Virginia.Gov

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