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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  • Janie Giles Carp
    signed 2018-07-17 14:51:34 -0500
  • April Riehl
    signed via 2018-07-17 14:50:09 -0500
  • Rickey Westbrooks
    signed 2018-07-17 14:47:24 -0500
  • Angela Haddock
    signed 2018-07-17 14:47:15 -0500
  • Elaine Kerr
    signed via 2018-07-17 14:46:52 -0500
  • Gloriamarie Amalfitano
    signed 2018-07-17 14:45:09 -0500
  • Eryn Karmiller
    signed 2018-07-17 14:44:06 -0500
  • Justin Vandyke
    signed 2018-07-17 14:40:36 -0500
  • Arielle Moore
    signed 2018-07-17 14:31:14 -0500
  • Leonard Assante
    signed 2018-07-17 14:30:42 -0500
  • Ron Snitker
    signed 2018-07-17 14:30:22 -0500
  • Susan Gutwill
    signed 2018-07-17 14:30:14 -0500
    Susan Gutwill
  • Diana Page
    signed 2018-07-17 14:29:07 -0500
    There is such a shortage of homes. We must provide good homes for these children. This amendment will hurt children.
  • Tracy Podgorski
    signed 2018-07-17 14:27:54 -0500
  • Kelvin Moffett
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-17 14:26:54 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Kelvin Moffett
    signed 2018-07-17 14:26:12 -0500
  • Jeremy e Joesup
    signed 2018-07-17 14:25:33 -0500
  • Janet Davies
    signed 2018-07-17 14:23:11 -0500
  • Kim Troup
    signed 2018-07-17 14:16:25 -0500
  • Carrie Friddell
    signed 2018-07-17 14:13:14 -0500
  • Lisa Shingler
    signed 2018-07-17 14:13:09 -0500
  • Katherine King
    signed 2018-07-17 14:11:01 -0500
  • Beth Ellis
    signed 2018-07-17 14:00:47 -0500
  • Kayla Adams
    signed 2018-07-17 13:58:22 -0500
  • Samuel Costilow
    signed 2018-07-17 13:58:20 -0500
  • Rachel Ward
    signed 2018-07-17 13:57:23 -0500
  • Sarah Lynn
    signed 2018-07-17 13:57:22 -0500
  • Corrine Hopwood
    signed 2018-07-17 13:54:50 -0500
    It is difficult enough to try and adopt a child—these measures will only ensure that discriminatory practices will happen and CHILDREN will NOT get out of the system of which there is little hope already to get out of. Please oppose this.
  • Michael Dodd
    signed 2018-07-17 13:52:55 -0500
  • Virginia Bartter
    signed 2018-07-17 13:52:54 -0500
    Fiscal conservatism does not necessitate our being socially archaic. Healthy families come in all shapes and sizes. Children need love and guidance. And quality public education. And affordable healthcare.

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