Foster Care

Trump Administration Covering up Religious Harm to LGBTQ Adopted and Foster Youth

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists condemned the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate data collection about sexual orientation in our nation’s child welfare system as another example of the president pandering to his religious base at the expense of vulnerable people....

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End Religious Exemptions in Adoption and Foster Care! Support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act!

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. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (S.1791/H.R. 3114), which was recently reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, would fix…...

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Atheists: The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would End Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists praised the introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 3114). This bipartisan bill would stop federally funded adoption and foster care placement agencies from discriminating against children, adoptive parents, and families nationwide....

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Tennessee Residents: Stop Religious Discrimination in Foster Care!

Last week, the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 1304, which would allow state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. Tomorrow morning, the Senate will hold the final vote to pass this harmful bill into law. Please take action now!...

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Stop Religious Discrimination in Foster Care and Adoption in Tennessee

Lawmakers in Tennessee continue to push forward legislation that would allow state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. These bills assault everyone’s freedom of religion, and we need you help to stop them! SB 1304 would create new religious exemptions that would allow adoption…...

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Atheists: Tennessee Should Not Legalize Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Nashville, TN—Today, American Atheists, on behalf of its nearly 800 constituents in Tennessee, wrote in opposition to HB 836. This controversial bill would, under the guise of religious freedom, harm at-risk young people and allow for discrimination in foster care and adoption placement....

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Atheist Groups Urge Senate to Reject Discriminatory Adoption Provision in Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC—In a letter to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, a coalition of six national atheist, humanist, and secular groups urged the Senate to oppose a discriminatory amendment to the House Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill that would put the health and…...

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ACTION ALERT: Oppose Religious Discrimination in Foster Care

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee inserted a poison-pill amendment into the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill. If passed, this amendment would require states to allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption providers to discriminate on the basis of their religion and cut child welfare funding for states that refuse to…...

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