This Is What We Can All Learn From The Daughter Of Two Moms

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Listen to Cinara Foor on Queer Money:

Challenges still exist for same-sex parents

We recently spoke at the University of Akron’s Women & Diversity Symposium to promote more diversity within the financial services industry. While there, we met Cinara Foor, a young woman and recent graduate of the University of Akron’s School of Corporate Finance and Financial Planning. With her Bachelor of Business Administration, Foor already started her career in financial planning and was preparing to sit for her Certified Financial Planner certification.

Foor’s ambition intrigued us enough, but when we learned that she’s the daughter of two moms, we were even more intrigued. It’s even hard for us to keep up with the progress LGBTQ people in the U.S. have made in the last several years. It was only June of 2015 that marriage equality was legalized in all 50 states. It was only nine months later – maybe because of irony – that a federal judge in Mississippi ruled that banning same-sex couples from adopting children was unconstitutional.

Public opinion on same-sex couples adopting children is in favor of LGBTQ people, but there are still those who don’t believe the children of same-sex couples can thrive. Foor is an example that challenges that opinion.

Meet the daughter of two moms

At a young age, Foor became aware of the challenges her mothers had that her friends’ opposite-sex parents didn’t have. Because, at the time, her mothers didn’t have the same protections as her friends’ opposite-sex parents, Foor was aware of the needs and purposes of powers of attorney, wills and estate planning. During her junior year of high school, her family fell on hard times, filed for bankruptcy and lost their house.

These experiences inspired Foor to pursue a career in financial planning. As a personal assistant at MassMutual, Foor now uses her personal and professional experiences to help clients with their money.

Foor says that she never inherently felt different, either as an adopted child from China or the daughter of two moms, until someone else, usually an adult, caused her to feel different. Though no one was openly homophobic towards her or her moms, she realized at a young that the reasons given why she couldn’t play with some kids weren’t the actual reasons why she couldn’t play with some kids. Because she felt a mild sense of discrimination, Foor didn’t see a career in a male-dominated field as a challenge but an opportunity.

Open minds opened doors

Foor’s mothers were open-minded and pushed her to pursue any interests she had. As active members in the community, helping with causes such HIV/AIDS, Foor’s mothers showed her the power of giving back, working to better yourself and being a contributor to the community. Watching her mothers pursue their passions, gave Foor the confidence to pursue hers despite apparent limitations.

Foor was raised to believe in the American Dream. When her mothers filed for bankruptcy and they lost their home, her faith in the American Dream was challenged. With the emotional and educational support of teachers, such as Carina Diamond, managing director of SS&G Wealth Management LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent accounting and business consulting firms, professors and her mothers, Foor believes the American Dream is possible for everyone. She hopes her career in financial planning will help others live their dream. Likewise, Foor believes that LGBTQ people can overcome any challenges and achieve their own dreams.

Looking back on her experience of going through college at the time her mothers struggled financially, Foor sees those as some of the most positive experiences and, like us, all of us in the LGBTQ community can turn bad experiences into positive ones.

As you can see and hear, Foor is on track to give back to her community with her wealth of knowledge and experiences. Some of her experiences and challenges of growing up in a same-sex household have shaped the value she’ll give to her community. If the litmus test for good parents is the value their children bring to society, then we look forward to seeing more value from more children of LGBTQ parents.

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How many 21-year-olds do you know are actively investing in a Roth IRA, own their own home, graduated college with almost no debt and are helping others manage their money? Cinara Foor, the daughter of two moms, will challenge every stereotype you have about the children of same-sex couples.

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Listen to Cinara Foor on Queer Money:

Challenges still exist for same-sex parents

We recently spoke at the University of Akron’s Women & Diversity Symposium to promote more diversity within the financial services industry. While there, we met Cinara Foor, a young woman and recent graduate of the University of Akron’s School of Corporate Finance and Financial Planning. With her Bachelor of Business Administration, Foor already started her career in financial planning and was preparing to sit for her Certified Financial Planner certification.

Foor’s ambition intrigued us enough, but when we learned that she’s the daughter of two moms, we were even more intrigued. It’s even hard for us to keep up with the progress LGBTQ people in the U.S. have made in the last several years. It was only June of 2015 that marriage equality was legalized in all 50 states. It was only nine months later – maybe because of irony – that a federal judge in Mississippi ruled that banning same-sex couples from adopting children was unconstitutional.

Public opinion on same-sex couples adopting children is in favor of LGBTQ people, but there are still those who don’t believe the children of same-sex couples can thrive. Foor is an example that challenges that opinion.

Meet the daughter of two moms

At a young age, Foor became aware of the challenges her mothers had that her friends’ opposite-sex parents didn’t have. Because, at the time, her mothers didn’t have the same protections as her friends’ opposite-sex parents, Foor was aware of the needs and purposes of powers of attorney, wills and estate planning. During her junior year of high school, her family fell on hard times, filed for bankruptcy and lost their house.

These experiences inspired Foor to pursue a career in financial planning. As a personal assistant at MassMutual, Foor now uses her personal and professional experiences to help clients with their money.

Foor says that she never inherently felt different, either as an adopted child from China or the daughter of two moms, until someone else, usually an adult, caused her to feel different. Though no one was openly homophobic towards her or her moms, she realized at a young that the reasons given why she couldn’t play with some kids weren’t the actual reasons why she couldn’t play with some kids. Because she felt a mild sense of discrimination, Foor didn’t see a career in a male-dominated field as a challenge but an opportunity.

Open minds opened doors

Foor’s mothers were open-minded and pushed her to pursue any interests she had. As active members in the community, helping with causes such HIV/AIDS, Foor’s mothers showed her the power of giving back, working to better yourself and being a contributor to the community. Watching her mothers pursue their passions, gave Foor the confidence to pursue hers despite apparent limitations.

Foor was raised to believe in the American Dream. When her mothers filed for bankruptcy and they lost their home, her faith in the American Dream was challenged. With the emotional and educational support of teachers, such as Carina Diamond, managing director of SS&G Wealth Management LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent accounting and business consulting firms, professors and her mothers, Foor believes the American Dream is possible for everyone. She hopes her career in financial planning will help others live their dream. Likewise, Foor believes that LGBTQ people can overcome any challenges and achieve their own dreams.

Looking back on her experience of going through college at the time her mothers struggled financially, Foor sees those as some of the most positive experiences and, like us, all of us in the LGBTQ community can turn bad experiences into positive ones.

As you can see and hear, Foor is on track to give back to her community with her wealth of knowledge and experiences. Some of her experiences and challenges of growing up in a same-sex household have shaped the value she’ll give to her community. If the litmus test for good parents is the value their children bring to society, then we look forward to seeing more value from more children of LGBTQ parents.

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