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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  • 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
  • Beth Bradford
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-28 20:58:40 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Beth Bradford
    @ledybugb tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-28 20:58:37 -0500
  • Beth Bradford
    signed 2018-07-28 20:58:16 -0500
  • Sharon Buckingham
    signed 2018-07-28 19:04:00 -0500
  • Kenneth Crockett
    signed 2018-07-28 11:40:50 -0500
  • Jeffrey Harwood
    signed 2018-07-28 10:54:37 -0500
  • Ruth Adar
    signed 2018-07-28 10:53:27 -0500
    I am a daughter of Tennessee, now living in CA. Please, NO ADOPTION DISCRIMINATION!
  • Sarah Williams
    signed 2018-07-28 10:50:12 -0500
    Don’t make it more difficult for children in need to find loving stable homes
  • Jeff Kirwan
    signed 2018-07-28 10:33:36 -0500
  • kirk braaten
    signed 2018-07-28 09:38:24 -0500
    kirk braaten
  • Bethany Harrell
    signed 2018-07-27 14:54:12 -0500
  • Christopher Andrews
    signed 2018-07-27 14:41:21 -0500
  • Dustin Turner
    signed 2018-07-27 14:19:03 -0500
  • Chris S
    signed 2018-07-27 12:47:42 -0500
  • Alyce Wherry
    signed 2018-07-27 11:01:02 -0500
  • Lisa Cox
    signed 2018-07-27 06:52:03 -0500
  • Cindy Whitaker
    signed 2018-07-27 01:43:18 -0500
  • Bobbi Anderson
    signed 2018-07-26 22:09:00 -0500
  • Karen McAvoy
    signed 2018-07-26 17:38:39 -0500
  • Matt Dillman
    signed 2018-07-26 17:35:51 -0500
  • Naomi Wren Bowles
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-26 14:49:52 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Naomi Bowles
    signed 2018-07-26 14:49:02 -0500
    Please, can we all coexist and mind our own business ? Everyone deserves happiness and freedom
  • Jim Lewis
    signed 2018-07-26 12:52:36 -0500
    James T. Lewis
  • vanessa lowe-nevins
    signed 2018-07-26 11:26:45 -0500
    get money out of the foster care system and allow good folks to give these poor children a home and a family.
  • Michelle Steele
    signed 2018-07-26 09:59:52 -0500
  • Jennifer Cantrell
    signed 2018-07-26 09:13:51 -0500
    Please do not discriminate against families wishing to adopt.
  • Laura Wheat
    signed 2018-07-26 08:28:55 -0500
  • Mariah Phillips
    signed 2018-07-26 08:23:34 -0500
  • Lawrence Dawson
    signed 2018-07-26 06:31:21 -0500

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