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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  • Ann Shaw
    signed 2018-07-18 17:49:38 -0500
  • Misty Boone
    signed via 2018-07-18 17:21:45 -0500
  • Maryanne Poposky
    signed 2018-07-18 17:05:27 -0500
  • Shannon Erwin
    signed 2018-07-18 17:03:32 -0500
    I am gay. I have an adopted child. He is happy and he is loved. An orphanage or institution would not have been a better choice for him which you would know if you’ve ever been to one.
  • Dara Zwemer
    signed 2018-07-18 16:52:39 -0500
  • Michelle Kelly
    signed 2018-07-18 16:41:23 -0500
  • Cynthia Matthews
    signed via 2018-07-18 16:37:19 -0500
  • Amanda Spicer
    signed 2018-07-18 16:07:22 -0500
  • Donald Rickels
    signed 2018-07-18 15:52:53 -0500
    Children deserve a loving home with two parents, regardless of gender.
  • Andrew West
    signed 2018-07-18 15:52:07 -0500
  • John Wright-Blakley
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:48:28 -0500
  • Kimberly Cooper
    signed 2018-07-18 15:48:23 -0500
  • Megan Cochrane
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:45:41 -0500
  • Francis Whitfill
    signed 2018-07-18 15:42:46 -0500
  • Tammie Wilson
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:42:43 -0500
  • Nathaniel Bradley
    signed 2018-07-18 15:34:24 -0500
  • Rachael Sauceman
    signed 2018-07-18 15:29:38 -0500
  • Jeremy Hawlik
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:22:22 -0500
  • Chrystal Claywell
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:17:42 -0500
  • Christy England
    signed via 2018-07-18 15:14:22 -0500
  • Ashley Kerr
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 15:11:55 -0500
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  • Toby Lopez
    signed 2018-07-18 15:09:23 -0500
    Toby Lopez
  • Nicole Quinones
    signed 2018-07-18 15:01:24 -0500
  • Candice Manis
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 14:59:31 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Candice Manis
    signed via 2018-07-18 14:58:57 -0500
    I myself a Lesbian fostered and adopted 5 beautiful children through DCS. My children are loved beyond measure and know nothing besides love now. However when I first became their foster mother they were starved,beat, and didn’t know what love was. I have fought for my babies from the day that I met them and will continue to fight for them and other children for as long as I am able to. How is it fair to the children to take away millions of potential homes and families from them just because you dont agree with lifestyles? My children are being raised to love everyone no matter what and I am confident that they will grow up and do just that. Stop this craziness and think about these babies rather than your opinion. They deserve families!
  • Earl Potts
    signed 2018-07-18 14:52:21 -0500
  • Sara Martin
    signed via 2018-07-18 14:52:13 -0500
  • Glenna Bates
    signed 2018-07-18 14:46:27 -0500
  • Gina Austin
    signed 2018-07-18 14:34:41 -0500
  • Dennis Ford
    signed 2018-07-18 14:32:12 -0500
    Dennis Ford

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