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

Nikki McKinney
Amanda Wright
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Heather Batey
Kate Alnutt
Amy Hallum
Susan Delaine Daniel
Devan Gann
Chantay Young
Heather McGee
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  • David Folsom
    signed 2018-07-17 18:26:05 -0500
  • Kevin Morris
    signed 2018-07-17 18:20:36 -0500
  • Barry Rich
    signed via 2018-07-17 18:20:31 -0500
  • Robbie Hutchens
    signed 2018-07-17 18:12:55 -0500
  • Nikki McKinney
    signed via 2018-07-17 18:09:44 -0500
  • Jason McMaster
    signed via 2018-07-17 18:06:07 -0500
  • May Dublin
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:59:46 -0500
    I am a mom through adoption and a Republican. This discrimination MUST stop!!
  • Denise Cantrell
    signed 2018-07-17 17:48:51 -0500
  • Amanda Wright
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:46:11 -0500
  • Doris Sklad
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:44:12 -0500
  • Audra Lopez
    signed 2018-07-17 17:30:28 -0500
  • Katie Barber
    signed 2018-07-17 17:29:16 -0500
  • Jennifer Jones
    signed 2018-07-17 17:25:13 -0500
  • Heather Batey
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:21:22 -0500
  • Kate Alnutt
    signed 2018-07-17 17:17:25 -0500
  • Lesley Bragdon
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:16:45 -0500
  • Amy Hallum
    signed 2018-07-17 17:16:40 -0500
  • Theodore McKnight
    signed 2018-07-17 17:14:26 -0500
    Theodore McKnight
  • Susan Delaine Daniel
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 17:07:39 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Susan Delaine Daniel
    @TNindependent tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-17 17:07:37 -0500
  • Susan Delaine Daniel
    signed 2018-07-17 17:07:27 -0500
  • Devan Gann
    signed 2018-07-17 17:00:17 -0500
  • David Creagh
    signed 2018-07-17 16:55:17 -0500
  • Margaret Ann Crain
    signed via 2018-07-17 16:45:08 -0500
  • Chantay Young
    signed 2018-07-17 16:40:16 -0500
  • B. Thomas Diener
    signed 2018-07-17 16:39:29 -0500
  • Heather McGee
    signed 2018-07-17 16:36:17 -0500
  • Charlie D. Lorz
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 16:36:06 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Charles Cowan
    signed 2018-07-17 16:35:47 -0500
  • Suzanne LeBeau
    signed 2018-07-17 16:32:04 -0500
    I know several loving families who just happen to be “non-traditional” couples.

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