The two gay men who took in five HIV-positive children, Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, are still at the center of the challenge to Florida's law as they await a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The family — who may lose their 10-year-old foster son now that he is no longer HIV-positive and considered adoptable — has been inundated with support from strangers, churches and friends.
"A few of Bert's friends called us and said they were really concerned and that they would happily adopt him for us and give him back — which was nice for 10-year-olds to be calling and offering that," says Croteau.
And 10-year-old Bert has not lost hope that he'll be able to stay with the only family he has ever known. "I am going to be adopted, because my parents Roger and Steven told me that. They told me they are going to fight and keep fighting until I am either 18, or I'm adopted," he says.