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.

Who's signing

Christina Pierce
Steve Drevik
Amanda Keller
Caroline Mickey
Jodie Faber
Kelly Crouch
Elizabeth Shallcross
Katrina Westall
Holly Bryant
Averie Greene
Joel Bednoski
Patrick Retton
Tony Barrow
Melissa K Hedrick
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  • William Langston
    signed 2018-07-17 20:49:44 -0500
  • Christina Pierce
    signed 2018-07-17 20:49:36 -0500
  • Steve Drevik
    signed 2018-07-17 20:49:26 -0500
  • Tenesha Wilson
    signed 2018-07-17 20:47:48 -0500
  • Vanessa Enriquez-Rios
    signed 2018-07-17 20:44:42 -0500
  • Amanda Keller
    signed 2018-07-17 20:43:31 -0500
  • Caroline Mickey
    signed 2018-07-17 20:36:57 -0500
  • Samantha Sheehy
    signed 2018-07-17 20:36:55 -0500
  • Brandi Walker
    signed via 2018-07-17 20:35:41 -0500
  • Nicole Thomas
    signed 2018-07-17 20:35:21 -0500
  • Kristine Evenson
    signed 2018-07-17 20:34:11 -0500
  • Patrick Russell
    signed 2018-07-17 20:33:55 -0500
  • James Pappas
    signed 2018-07-17 20:32:22 -0500
  • Jodie Faber
    signed 2018-07-17 20:30:02 -0500
  • Kelly Crouch
    signed 2018-07-17 20:20:07 -0500
  • Elizabeth Shallcross
    signed 2018-07-17 20:19:16 -0500
  • Jonathan Cole
    signed 2018-07-17 20:17:36 -0500
  • Katrina Westall
    signed 2018-07-17 20:17:10 -0500
  • Holly Bryant
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 20:15:56 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Holly Bryant
    signed 2018-07-17 20:15:29 -0500
  • Averie Greene
    signed 2018-07-17 20:14:21 -0500
  • Joel Bednoski
    signed 2018-07-17 20:13:37 -0500
  • Jacob Sheffield
    signed 2018-07-17 20:12:46 -0500
    If someone is unable to fulfill the entirety of their job because of their religion, they should not hold the position at all. Discrimination is inexcusable and should not be tolerated at children’s expense for the sake of ungrounded prejudice.
  • Patrick Retton
    signed 2018-07-17 20:10:24 -0500
  • Tony Barrow
    signed 2018-07-17 20:09:23 -0500
  • Angelic Winters
    signed 2018-07-17 20:07:56 -0500
  • Luke Arnold
    signed 2018-07-17 20:06:45 -0500
  • Simon Russell
    signed 2018-07-17 20:06:32 -0500
  • Melissa K Hedrick
    signed 2018-07-17 20:05:40 -0500
  • Ginny Lynn Welchance
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 20:04:42 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress

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