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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1,052 SIGNATURES
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  • Kay McCurdy
    signed 2018-07-18 14:25:24 -0500
  • Tera Jaynes-Tackett
    signed 2018-07-18 14:19:01 -0500
  • Dr. R.G. Cravens
    signed 2018-07-18 14:14:23 -0500
  • Elizabeth Duke
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 14:10:35 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Elizabeth Duke
    signed 2018-07-18 14:09:59 -0500
  • Anna Bess Sorin
    signed 2018-07-18 14:07:56 -0500
    Love is love and children need love. Please don’t force children into Foster Care or other temporary guidance over becoming part of a loving family.
  • Andrea’s Isham
    signed 2018-07-18 14:05:58 -0500
  • Stephanie Smith
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 13:44:49 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Stephanie Smith
    signed 2018-07-18 13:44:24 -0500
  • Mark Grantham
    signed 2018-07-18 13:43:44 -0500
  • Yve Gaal
    signed 2018-07-18 13:41:43 -0500
  • Joyce Peacock
    signed 2018-07-18 13:39:15 -0500
  • Jennifer Mayeaux
    signed 2018-07-18 13:36:51 -0500
  • Carrie Johnson
    signed via 2018-07-18 13:27:19 -0500
    My brother and I were adopted by my parents in 1963 and 1965, and my great niece was just adopted from China in 2017. Adoption is very near and dear to my heart. You will never convince me it is in the best interest of a child to remain in foster care versus being placed in a nurturing, loving home with loving parents and family. Loving parents and families, including same sex parents, will always trump foster care in my opinion!
  • Alexander Triplett
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 13:22:06 -0500
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  • Alexander Triplett
    signed via 2018-07-18 13:21:34 -0500
  • Diana Wollek
    signed via 2018-07-18 13:14:17 -0500
    LGBTQ couples should be given the right to adopt and show a child love just like anyone else. Furthermore the children in need of a home should have the opportunity to be adopted and loved!! Love is love and adoption is a beautiful gift for everyone involved. Stop the bigotry and hatred, help a family be a family!!
  • Judy Hall
    signed 2018-07-18 13:13:58 -0500
  • Angela Jane Lamb
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 12:59:48 -0500
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  • Angela Lamb
    signed 2018-07-18 12:59:30 -0500
  • Julie Rushton Hutton
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 12:55:13 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Julie Hutton
    signed via 2018-07-18 12:54:50 -0500
  • Rebecca Adcock
    signed 2018-07-18 12:44:46 -0500
  • Julie Bredesen
    signed via 2018-07-18 12:37:22 -0500
  • Matthew Mayes
    signed via 2018-07-18 12:16:32 -0500
    Utterly ridiculous you would not let a certain group of people adopt. They want to adopt, means they want the child. How many children are born unwanted. Do not discriminate against anyone who is willing to give child a loving home.
  • Eva Fournier
    signed 2018-07-18 11:53:11 -0500
  • susan looney
    signed 2018-07-18 11:52:52 -0500
  • Greg Jarnigan
    signed via 2018-07-18 11:45:43 -0500
  • Christine Foley
    signed 2018-07-18 11:37:31 -0500
  • Michael Stone
    signed 2018-07-18 11:35:21 -0500
    I am an adoptive parent.

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