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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  • Georgene Wayne
    signed 2018-07-24 10:44:41 -0500
  • Melissa Butler
    signed 2018-07-24 10:35:39 -0500
  • Matt Hall
    signed 2018-07-24 09:23:34 -0500
  • Savannah Irwin
    signed 2018-07-24 08:54:20 -0500
  • Catherine Henschen
    signed 2018-07-24 08:05:25 -0500
  • Hewitt Spain
    signed via 2018-07-24 08:00:55 -0500
  • Shana Hamilton-Lockwood
    signed 2018-07-24 06:35:14 -0500
  • Elizabeth Liebenow
    signed 2018-07-24 04:52:01 -0500
  • Tina McMillan
    signed 2018-07-23 23:09:16 -0500
  • Maria Smith
    signed 2018-07-23 22:40:56 -0500
    Discrimination is a true evil. Every child deserves a loving home.
  • Mina Johnson
    signed 2018-07-23 21:04:33 -0500
    Mina Johnson
  • Shari Golden
    signed 2018-07-23 20:45:15 -0500
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  • Melanie Harris
    signed 2018-07-23 19:58:15 -0500
  • Angie Goins
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-23 17:44:42 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress
  • Jill Kirk
    signed via 2018-07-23 17:38:12 -0500
  • Sally Franklin
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-23 17:02:34 -0500
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  • Sally Franklin
    signed 2018-07-23 17:01:51 -0500
  • Carie Harter
    signed 2018-07-23 16:24:06 -0500
  • Jason Lowe
    signed 2018-07-23 16:04:52 -0500
  • Andrea Sanders
    signed 2018-07-23 15:57:22 -0500
  • Eric Staats
    signed 2018-07-23 15:37:20 -0500
    As the parents of 2 children who my husband and I took custody of, I strongly oppose the prevention of gay couples from adopting and providing a loving home to children in need.
  • Caleb Banks
    signed 2018-07-23 15:28:35 -0500
  • Larry Meza
    signed 2018-07-23 15:12:01 -0500
  • Janay Anderson
    signed 2018-07-23 14:53:35 -0500
  • Jill Cagney
    signed 2018-07-23 14:17:59 -0500
  • Jonathan Cook
    signed 2018-07-23 14:17:16 -0500
  • Damon Rogers
    signed 2018-07-23 14:11:03 -0500
  • dot jones
    signed 2018-07-23 13:46:09 -0500
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    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-23 13:12:45 -0500
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  • Sarah McNamara
    signed 2018-07-23 13:06:29 -0500

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