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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  • Geri Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 02:49:28 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Geri Brown
    @gerib70 tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-18 02:49:25 -0500
  • Geri Brown
    signed 2018-07-18 02:49:05 -0500
  • Kenneth Carroll
    signed 2018-07-18 02:17:00 -0500
    Kenneth Carroll
  • Jared Cowan
    signed 2018-07-18 01:42:51 -0500
  • Jennel Giraud
    signed 2018-07-18 01:37:35 -0500
  • William White
    signed 2018-07-18 01:22:58 -0500
  • Elizabeth Schaaf
    signed 2018-07-18 01:15:42 -0500
    Adoption is a wonderful experience. Both of my grandchildren are adopted. Children don’t just need a mother and a father; they need at least one loving parent. Two would be even better.
  • @montensem
    signed 2018-07-18 00:41:46 -0500
  • john delworth
    @delworthio tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-18 00:26:56 -0500
  • Mikella Shields
    signed via 2018-07-18 00:25:47 -0500
  • john delworth
    signed via 2018-07-18 00:25:44 -0500
  • Brian Sullivan
    signed 2018-07-18 00:02:34 -0500
  • Melissa Lynn
    signed 2018-07-17 23:58:19 -0500
  • Emma Takvoryan
    signed 2018-07-17 23:33:52 -0500
  • Donna Creech
    signed 2018-07-17 23:24:31 -0500
  • Tom Sahlin
    signed 2018-07-17 23:21:40 -0500
    There are many children that do not get adopted. There should be no discrimination in the adoption process in order to provide loving parents to a child in desperate need.
  • Alexandra Jordan
    signed 2018-07-17 23:00:07 -0500
  • Cindy Cothran
    signed 2018-07-17 22:55:57 -0500
  • sailor abel
    signed 2018-07-17 22:55:47 -0500
  • Gordon Irwin
    signed 2018-07-17 22:43:56 -0500
    This is 2018 and it’s time to end all discrimination. The research and facts are clear. There is no justification whatsoever for agencies taking public money to discriminate in their services!
  • Lesley Rickman
    signed 2018-07-17 22:35:10 -0500
  • Lisa Howe
    signed 2018-07-17 22:23:03 -0500
  • Mary Simcox
    signed 2018-07-17 22:20:53 -0500
  • Gregory Hall
    signed 2018-07-17 22:12:40 -0500
  • Marissa Town
    signed 2018-07-17 22:12:31 -0500
  • Kasey Luck
    signed 2018-07-17 22:10:51 -0500
  • Michelle Johnson Oden
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 22:07:37 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Sandra Oden
    signed 2018-07-17 22:07:08 -0500
  • Karin Weaver
    signed 2018-07-17 22:05:23 -0500

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