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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  • Steve Westfield
    signed 2018-07-19 09:41:04 -0500
  • Susan Crawford
    signed 2018-07-19 09:22:22 -0500
  • Barry Noland
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  • Sally Ahner
    signed 2018-07-19 09:00:48 -0500
  • Sonora Goodsell
    signed 2018-07-19 08:58:24 -0500
    As an adoption social worker for the child welfare system for over 10 years, I strongly disagree with the proposed legislation to ban “non-traditional” families from being allowed to adopt. Some of the best adoptive homes I’ve encountered in my career are not only traditional families, but single moms, single dads, heterosexual couples who are in a domestic partnership, two-mom, and two-dad homes. The children I have seen placed in these homes have had positive outcomes beyond measure. Thank you for your consideration.
  • Beth Schroeder
    signed 2018-07-19 08:50:30 -0500
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    signed 2018-07-19 08:31:27 -0500
  • Matthew Young
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  • Marge Wild
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-19 08:11:11 -0500
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  • Marge Wild
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  • Yvonne Ward
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  • Dr Galen Grant
    signed 2018-07-19 07:53:34 -0500
  • Michael Smotherman
    signed 2018-07-19 07:44:20 -0500
    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.


    Sincerely,

    Michael Smotherman
  • Kay Norman
    signed via 2018-07-19 07:12:28 -0500
  • David Zachry
    signed 2018-07-19 06:38:39 -0500
  • James Cochran
    signed 2018-07-19 06:22:43 -0500
  • Shane Simpson
    signed 2018-07-19 06:17:41 -0500
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  • Carol Claremont
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