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.

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.

Who's signing

Lee Ann Rogers
Emma Luttrell
Sara Christy
Kelly Culp
Jerome Brodish
Heather Wood
Burke Brewer
Keagan Cross
Courtney Augustin
Allyson Jarrett
1,250 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Vicki Bumpus
    signed 2018-07-23 12:55:51 -0500
    Absolutely absurd when so many children are in need of adoption. Loving families are all that matters no matter marital status, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Lee Ann Rogers
    signed 2018-07-23 12:40:47 -0500
  • Cathie Bird
    signed 2018-07-23 12:34:20 -0500
  • Emma Luttrell
    signed 2018-07-23 12:24:42 -0500
  • Christie Guy Crowell
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-23 12:12:12 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Shae Crowell
    signed 2018-07-23 12:11:40 -0500
  • Angelita Gonzalez-Mroz
    signed 2018-07-23 11:21:12 -0500
  • Dabney Ring
    signed 2018-07-23 11:19:46 -0500
  • Anna Griffith
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-23 11:19:19 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Anna Griffith
    signed 2018-07-23 11:19:05 -0500
  • Leticia Flores
    signed 2018-07-23 11:16:30 -0500
    As a licensed mental health professional, I know the research indicates that sexual orientation and gender identity has NO bearing on whether someone can be a good parent. Some of the best foster parents I know are members of the LGBT community, and some of the children most in need identify as LGBT. Please vote against the Aderholt Amendment.
  • JoAnn McIntosh
    signed 2018-07-23 11:11:07 -0500
  • Karen Reynolds
    signed 2018-07-23 11:05:07 -0500
  • Sara Christy
    signed 2018-07-23 10:28:57 -0500
  • Dave McNeely
    signed 2018-07-23 08:50:58 -0500
  • angie pitts
    signed 2018-07-23 07:42:31 -0500
    angie pitts
  • Kelly Culp
    signed 2018-07-23 05:17:37 -0500
  • Karie Adair
    signed 2018-07-22 19:50:50 -0500
  • Jill Nelson
    signed 2018-07-22 19:05:50 -0500
  • Jerome Brodish
    signed 2018-07-22 16:22:50 -0500
  • Heather Powers Wood
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-22 15:37:50 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Heather Wood
    signed 2018-07-22 15:37:30 -0500
  • Burke Brewer
    signed 2018-07-22 12:31:20 -0500
  • Jodie Manross
    signed 2018-07-22 12:02:12 -0500
  • Kasondra Farmer
    signed via 2018-07-22 11:47:19 -0500
  • Keagan Cross
    signed 2018-07-22 11:29:18 -0500
  • Courtney Augustin
    signed via 2018-07-22 08:24:27 -0500
  • Erica Augustin
    signed via 2018-07-22 08:24:13 -0500
  • Allyson Jarrett
    signed via 2018-07-22 07:48:44 -0500
  • Beth Lumpkins
    signed via 2018-07-21 23:20:38 -0500
    Beth Lumpkins

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