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.

Who's signing

1,250 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jason Smith
    signed 2018-09-17 05:49:18 -0500
  • Robert Keith
    signed 2018-09-10 11:29:31 -0500
  • Shari Elaine
    signed 2018-08-12 13:33:38 -0500
  • Donna Edwards
    signed 2018-08-12 10:49:47 -0500
  • Tiffanie Carlock
    signed 2018-08-11 22:56:42 -0500
    As a future Tennessean I do not support adoption discrimination.
  • Joshua Morris
    signed 2018-08-11 21:10:05 -0500
  • Jenn Brawdy
    signed 2018-08-10 11:36:18 -0500
  • Jenny Nash
    signed 2018-08-07 11:44:10 -0500
  • Kalena Lima
    signed via 2018-08-04 01:26:05 -0500
  • Thomas Hormby
    signed 2018-08-03 21:53:16 -0500
  • Candice HethcoT
    signed via 2018-08-03 20:43:40 -0500
  • Tony Vanatta
    signed 2018-08-03 14:51:31 -0500
    My partner and I have raised 7 children. We adopted one to keep him out of the system
  • Rachel Katzara
    signed 2018-08-03 08:50:29 -0500
  • Nicole Rose
    @livspreadsluv tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-02 21:01:31 -0500
  • Timothy King
    signed 2018-08-02 16:26:57 -0500
  • Fendall Fulton
    signed 2018-08-02 16:14:41 -0500
  • Karen Jeffiers
    signed 2018-08-02 11:16:15 -0500
  • Gwen Greene
    signed 2018-08-02 09:34:49 -0500
  • Rev. Jametta Alston
    signed 2018-08-01 16:31:35 -0500
  • Kenneth P Horst
    signed 2018-08-01 13:09:35 -0500
    Equal rights for all! Let LGBTQ people give a child in need a good home!
  • Dolores O’Keefe
    signed 2018-08-01 10:08:02 -0500
  • Timothy Hart
    signed via 2018-08-01 09:00:00 -0500
  • Janice Hinsley
    signed 2018-08-01 07:59:28 -0500
    You evidently Want all these children to Never have a Loving home and family. how about we take your kids and/or grandkids away from you just because you are too old.
  • Jaime Miller
    signed 2018-08-01 07:56:15 -0500
  • Elizabeth Smith
    signed 2018-08-01 06:23:51 -0500
  • J.L. Nave
    signed 2018-07-31 21:58:03 -0500
  • Allyn Milojevich
    signed 2018-07-31 21:22:53 -0500
  • Kathleen Williams
    signed 2018-07-31 20:42:10 -0500
  • Tara Hurley
    signed 2018-07-31 20:23:27 -0500
  • Mykela Gallaher
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-31 17:23:24 -0500
    Sign the petition: NO to Adoption Discrimination in Congress

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