Elizabeth Minter

  • signed NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress 2018-07-28 22:29:59 -0500
    I taught/counseled in elementary school for 46 of my 47 years of my career. I am not naive, and even worked for a few principals who tried to forbid me from reporting child abuse. A vast majority of those reports were founded! A few workers seemed to try not to substantiate information that a child gave…perhaps out of fear. Every one of those reports involved opposite sex parents. Many children had been coached NOT to tell…”because no one will believe you!”

    For heaven’s sake, for the sake of children, do not support this bigoted, hateful, hurtful legislation; you will be hurting children who WANT to be adopted by loving, nurturing, deserving parents, and those potentially wonderful parents against whom so many among exercise such bigotry! In my seventy years, I have found NO merit to bigotry of any sort!

    Please listen to reason, and cherish TRUE justice, for adoptive parents and the children who will be blessed by them!

    In hope, faith, and love of all children,

    Elizabeth Wright Minter

    NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress

    A foster care and adoption license to discriminate measure was recently put into a health and human services funding bill in the House Appropriations Committee.

    The “Aderholt Amendment” allows foster care and adoption service providers across the country to discriminate against children and prospective parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status.

    We need your help to tell Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker:  NO ADOPTION DISCRIMINATION in the 2019 Appropriations bill!  We will deliver hard copies to their offices.

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    Dear Senators Alexander and Corker:

    We urge you to act to oppose the Aderholt amendment allowing discrimination in foster care and adoption services in the FY19 House Labor-HHS appropriations bill and ensure that the measure is NOT included in any Senate or final appropriations bill.

    It would allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption service providers to discriminate against children in care and against prospective parents, based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status.

    The measure breaks the cardinal rule of child welfare services: to act in the best interest of the child. This amendment would actually HARM CHILDREN.

    This amendment would greatly harm the 440,000 children in foster care, particularly the 117,000 who are waiting to be adopted into loving, forever homes.  There is a crisis in foster care due to the huge shortage of available families for children. Each year, over half the children waiting to be adopted do not find a loving home, and most devastatingly, over 17,000 foster youth age out of care without a forever family.  Those youth are at greater risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, homelessness, unemployment, and being trafficked.

    Speak out against this poison pill amendment,; let your leadership know you will not support a funding bill with the measure included, and vote against any appropriations measure that includes such discriminatory provisions.  Thank you for considering our views.

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