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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  • Martaze Gaines
    signed 2018-07-29 20:39:57 -0500
  • Renee Denney
    signed 2018-07-29 20:24:53 -0500
  • Kim Roberts
    signed 2018-07-29 20:10:01 -0500
  • Leigh Howell
    signed 2018-07-29 18:49:26 -0500
  • Sherri Gray
    signed 2018-07-29 17:56:12 -0500
    Every American is entitled to all Human Rights. My LGBT friends make wonderful parents and should be able to adopt children who need a family and a safe, loving home.
  • Michael DeAngelis
    signed 2018-07-29 17:55:16 -0500
  • Reed Foster
    signed 2018-07-29 17:16:19 -0500
  • Diane Easter
    signed 2018-07-29 16:45:36 -0500
  • River Gartner
    signed 2018-07-29 16:43:43 -0500
  • Keri Holbert Allen
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-29 16:27:51 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Keri Allen
    signed via 2018-07-29 16:26:57 -0500
  • Rebecca Terrell
    signed 2018-07-29 16:24:43 -0500
  • Rachel Hundley
    signed 2018-07-29 16:15:12 -0500
  • Janet Willcutt
    signed 2018-07-29 16:12:13 -0500
    NO to adoption discrimination! Having a foster family is hard enough. Then to DENY a child parents because of who they love? What WOULD Jesus do? “Only to heterosexual white middle class people??” I think not. Sad…..
  • Pat Dawley Grizzel
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-29 16:10:43 -0500
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  • Pat Dawley Grizzel
    signed 2018-07-29 16:10:22 -0500
  • Lisa TateKeith
    signed 2018-07-29 15:57:12 -0500
  • PRyan Uttzey
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-29 15:42:53 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • P Ryan Uttz
    signed 2018-07-29 15:42:39 -0500
    This is simply wrong. To discriminate against potential LGBT parents is to subject them to a continued existence within the system.

    It’s wrong on so many levels.
  • Ron Sanford
    signed 2018-07-29 15:16:08 -0500
    No Discrimination!
  • Christina Perkins
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-29 15:10:17 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Christina Perkins
    signed 2018-07-29 15:09:55 -0500
  • José Quezada
    signed 2018-07-29 15:09:05 -0500
  • Persephone Webb
    signed 2018-07-29 15:03:12 -0500
    Persephone Webb
  • Thomas Moore
    signed 2018-07-29 15:01:35 -0500
  • David Chapman
    signed 2018-07-29 14:59:49 -0500
  • Katlin Morrison
    signed 2018-07-29 00:59:28 -0500
  • Bree Abernathy
    signed 2018-07-29 00:54:07 -0500
  • Greg Bullard
    signed 2018-07-28 22:33:02 -0500
  • Elizabeth Minter
    signed 2018-07-28 22:29:59 -0500
    I taught/counseled in elementary school for 46 of my 47 years of my career. I am not naive, and even worked for a few principals who tried to forbid me from reporting child abuse. A vast majority of those reports were founded! A few workers seemed to try not to substantiate information that a child gave…perhaps out of fear. Every one of those reports involved opposite sex parents. Many children had been coached NOT to tell…”because no one will believe you!”

    For heaven’s sake, for the sake of children, do not support this bigoted, hateful, hurtful legislation; you will be hurting children who WANT to be adopted by loving, nurturing, deserving parents, and those potentially wonderful parents against whom so many among exercise such bigotry! In my seventy years, I have found NO merit to bigotry of any sort!

    Please listen to reason, and cherish TRUE justice, for adoptive parents and the children who will be blessed by them!

    In hope, faith, and love of all children,

    Elizabeth Wright Minter

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