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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  • Karin Weaver
    signed 2018-07-17 22:05:23 -0500
  • Sara Lazarus
    signed 2018-07-17 22:05:06 -0500
  • Mallie McCloud
    signed 2018-07-17 21:57:53 -0500
  • George M Melby, Pastor
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  • George M Melby, Pastor
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  • George M Melby, Pastor
    signed 2018-07-17 21:56:48 -0500
  • Amanda Alexander
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 21:55:48 -0500
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  • Chip Barry
    signed 2018-07-17 21:54:40 -0500
  • Amanda Alexander
    signed 2018-07-17 21:54:32 -0500
  • Christina White
    signed 2018-07-17 21:48:59 -0500
  • Bob O'Neil
    signed 2018-07-17 21:44:39 -0500
  • Carrie Hill
    signed 2018-07-17 21:44:33 -0500
  • Kelly Windschitl
    signed via 2018-07-17 21:37:25 -0500
  • Donnette Kelly
    signed 2018-07-17 21:35:56 -0500
  • Deven Johnson
    signed 2018-07-17 21:34:59 -0500
  • Bonnie MacKenzie
    signed 2018-07-17 21:34:54 -0500
  • Tyler Graham
    signed 2018-07-17 21:28:25 -0500
  • Susan Earl
    signed 2018-07-17 21:26:56 -0500
  • Ashley Burks
    signed 2018-07-17 21:20:56 -0500
  • Justin Sewell
    signed 2018-07-17 21:20:06 -0500
  • Thelma Swafford
    signed 2018-07-17 21:17:36 -0500
  • Julie Mattson
    signed 2018-07-17 21:12:47 -0500
  • Theresa Rich
    signed via 2018-07-17 21:09:00 -0500
  • Martha McGeachy
    signed 2018-07-17 21:06:02 -0500
  • Rosemary Cope
    signed 2018-07-17 21:01:54 -0500
  • Victoria Lochridge
    signed 2018-07-17 21:01:30 -0500
  • Lee-Ann O'Dell
    signed 2018-07-17 21:01:05 -0500
    Discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation is against the law. This should extend to adoption, which allows people who want kids to have kids. Adoption is a choice. It’s an intention to parent. Millions of children are conceived by heterosexuals who didn’t want or plan for them. We don’t penalize heterosexuals for that and we should penalize same sex parents by limiting their ability to parent.
  • Manuel Perez
    signed via 2018-07-17 21:00:37 -0500
  • Sandra Goldberg
    signed 2018-07-17 20:59:58 -0500
    I have a trans friend who lives outside of Chicago. He and his wife adopted a precious little boy. Their son has some serious health issues that will effect all of them for the rest of his life. They knew this when they adopted him. And they had to fight hard to be allowed to even without this bill in place. He has had several expensive operations to correct some of his facial features and enlarged head caused by the condition he was born with. This very much loved little boy would most likely have ended up shuttled from foster home to foster home and never received the medical attention that his has revived due to his loving mom and dad. Nor would he have received the love and care that has allowed him to thrive. There is a slim chance that a cisgender family might have adopted him. But it is a very slim chance. Please do not let this bill pass, don’t deprive loving parents like my friends from giving children loving home. Please don’t promote discrimination against prospective parents, based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status. Please.
  • Kathy Lauder
    signed 2018-07-17 20:56:52 -0500

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