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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  • William G Gonzalez
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 16:29:47 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • William G Gonzalez
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  • William G Gonzalez
    signed 2018-07-17 16:29:37 -0500
  • Anne Small
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  • Abby Parmley
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  • Kimberly Martin
    signed via 2018-07-17 16:20:25 -0500
  • Deana Ferguson
    signed 2018-07-17 16:20:11 -0500
    I work with children in foster care and there are too many children that need adoptive homes to discriminate against LGBT families. There are many teens & siblings who have been waiting years for an adoptive family but the homes are in short supply. Please do not leave these children feeling unloved and homeless as foster care is NOT a place for children to grow up. They all need a place to call home.
  • Sheri Smith
    signed 2018-07-17 16:19:17 -0500
  • Melanie Eichholz
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  • Jeannie Haman
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  • Lisa Halverson
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    Lisa Halverson
  • Kenneth Kitchen
    signed 2018-07-17 16:08:59 -0500
    Stop oppression -- create families
  • Brandi Belcher
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    Brandi Belcher
  • Sara McFadden
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  • Denise Creekmore
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 15:49:28 -0500
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  • Megan Belcher
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  • Heather Linke
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  • Liz Spencer
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 15:43:41 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Elizabeth Spencer
    signed 2018-07-17 15:43:18 -0500
    I firmly believe a safe and loving home is the most important thing a child can have. If a same-sex couple is willing to open their home to a child and give the child the love they deserve, let them!! There are so many kids who need good, safe homes. Same-sex couples are not the ones have kids and abandoning them, but they are more than willing to take care of these children. Let them!
  • Laura Kirkpatrick McMasters
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 15:42:26 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Laura Goodman-Bryan
    signed 2018-07-17 15:42:09 -0500
  • Robin Happel
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  • Jarrett Cloud
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