Adoption and foster care programs exist to serve the best interests of vulnerable children, and yet there are 10 states that allow child placement agencies to discriminate based on their religious beliefs.
Today, on Thursday, July 25th please call your Senators and Representative and urge them to cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act!
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (S.1791/H.R. 3114), which was reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives last month, helps expand the number of homes for these vulnerable children. It would prohibit discrimination based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status in the adoption and foster care system.
No longer could taxpayer funded adoption and foster care agencies cite religion to discriminate against atheist, LGBTQ, or religious minority children and potential parents.
Support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act! Call your Senators and Representative now, and ask them to cosponsor S.1791/H.R. 3114 to stop religious exemptions and discrimination in adoption and foster care!
This bill will help hundreds of thousands of children and youths to find safe environments and to eventually find their forever families—free from religious coercion and discrimination. Currently, there are over 400,000 children who need placement in our foster care system and over 100,000 children who are waiting to be adopted into a forever family.
Allowing discrimination against qualified families based on the religious beliefs of others reduces the number of available families and harms these children.
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act will also protect young people from religious coercion in child welfare systems, such as coercive religious conversion and dangerous conversion therapy. Together we can help each child find a forever home, free from religious discrimination and coercion. We must prioritize the best interests of children—not those who would discriminate against them.