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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  • Tabatha Wadford
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-30 14:31:20 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Tabatha Wadford
    signed 2018-07-30 14:30:54 -0500
  • Tony Marks
    signed 2018-07-30 13:28:03 -0500
    As an adoptive parent, I stand against the immoral Aderholt amendment that 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.
  • Lori Quintana
    signed 2018-07-30 13:24:44 -0500
    Lori Ellen Quintana
  • Roberta Lindenfelser
    signed 2018-07-30 12:50:13 -0500
    Love is love and every child deserves a loving family.
  • Cairo Tatum
    signed 2018-07-30 12:49:17 -0500
  • Shelly Huskey
    signed 2018-07-30 11:59:39 -0500
    Do not deny children a loving, stable homes!!!
  • Terry Green
    signed 2018-07-30 11:49:08 -0500
  • Melanie Tomlyn
    signed 2018-07-30 11:40:41 -0500
  • Bridgett Hardville
    signed 2018-07-30 10:56:55 -0500
  • Courtenay Rogers
    signed 2018-07-30 10:51:04 -0500
  • Mary Seltzer
    signed 2018-07-30 10:40:22 -0500
  • Rebecca Henry
    signed 2018-07-30 10:27:12 -0500
    Love is love. No discrimination.
  • Eric Schechter
    signed 2018-07-30 10:03:15 -0500
  • robert underwood
    signed 2018-07-30 09:22:55 -0500
  • Devonne Stowers
    signed 2018-07-30 08:57:28 -0500
  • Debbie Williams
    signed 2018-07-30 08:26:36 -0500
  • Tommy Rocco
    signed 2018-07-30 08:17:44 -0500
    Want better results in TN foster care? Hire more people, or pay more to those who are already there.
  • Terry Vickers
    signed 2018-07-30 08:11:37 -0500
  • Stacey Reece
    signed 2018-07-30 08:04:23 -0500
  • James Lechleiter
    signed 2018-07-30 07:08:49 -0500
  • Tammy Miller
    signed 2018-07-30 05:08:30 -0500
  • Maria Velasquez
    signed 2018-07-30 03:59:20 -0500
  • Olivia Erickson
    signed 2018-07-29 23:27:46 -0500
    Please don’t limit a child’s access to familial stability and happiness over something as petty as pandering to niche interest groups.
  • Keith Richardson
    signed 2018-07-29 22:21:17 -0500
  • Adam Burrows
    signed 2018-07-29 22:17:34 -0500
  • Meredith Steve
    signed 2018-07-29 22:09:23 -0500
  • Wendy Spence
    signed 2018-07-29 21:06:05 -0500
  • Martaze Gaines
    signed 2018-07-29 20:39:57 -0500
  • Renee Denney
    signed 2018-07-29 20:24:53 -0500

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