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.

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1,049 SIGNATURES
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  • Robin Julian
    signed via 2018-07-20 16:02:12 -0500
  • Amy Farley Howe
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-20 15:32:02 -0500
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  • Amy Howe
    signed via 2018-07-20 15:31:20 -0500
  • Ruth Raines
    signed via 2018-07-20 15:12:07 -0500
    I will be voting against anyone supporting this bill.
  • Wolf Cole
    signed 2018-07-20 14:56:34 -0500
  • Leah Cox
    signed 2018-07-20 13:55:56 -0500
    Leah Cox
  • Ellen Armour
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-20 13:07:39 -0500
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  • Ellen Armour
    signed 2018-07-20 13:07:25 -0500
  • Mark Fuqua
    signed 2018-07-20 11:25:36 -0500
  • Tom Cogburn
    signed 2018-07-20 10:46:20 -0500
    Why is it that people cannot leave well enough alone??? There are kids in various agencies who need permanent homes. LGBTQI individuals are available to adopt them, but then we have people like Robert Aderholt, who wish to make a name for themselves by launching an attack on the LGBTQI community and these innocent children!! Does he believe that LGBTQI adults are incapable of raising children? Love, understanding, discipline, support, etc. These are qualities that most adults have (or can develop). These are the qualities that are needed to rear a child. A person’s orientation doesn’t have an impact on their ability to raise kids. Perhaps he’s of the belief that if a child is raised by a gay person, that child will turn out gay. Believe me, that’s not how it works. I was raised by heterosexual parents and turned out gay.

    It’s time to leave us the hell alone!
  • Anthony Culver
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-20 10:38:08 -0500
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  • Anthony Culver
    signed 2018-07-20 10:37:43 -0500
  • Marc Buehler
    signed 2018-07-20 10:23:39 -0500
    Marc Buehler
  • Jason Coldiron
    signed 2018-07-20 09:27:50 -0500
  • Michelle Harris
    signed 2018-07-20 09:27:50 -0500
  • Rachel Stanton
    signed 2018-07-20 09:07:28 -0500
  • Ashleigh Smith
    signed 2018-07-20 08:44:54 -0500
  • Amy Bell
    signed 2018-07-20 08:20:22 -0500
  • Lily Ferguson
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-20 08:19:00 -0500
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  • Lily Ferguson
    @asintheflower tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-20 08:18:57 -0500
  • Lillian Ferguson
    signed 2018-07-20 08:18:21 -0500
  • Toni Carrigan
    signed 2018-07-20 08:14:55 -0500
  • Amber Stanton
    signed 2018-07-20 08:14:34 -0500
  • Ramona Huggins
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-20 07:13:06 -0500
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  • Ramona Huggins
    signed 2018-07-20 07:12:38 -0500
  • Beth Long
    signed 2018-07-20 05:26:49 -0500
  • Joseph Kinley
    signed 2018-07-20 02:36:44 -0500
    No discrimination!
  • Jill Morgan
    signed 2018-07-19 23:52:54 -0500
  • Rebecca Jones
    signed 2018-07-19 23:07:23 -0500
  • Rodeo Rob
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-19 23:04:38 -0500
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