Tell Congress: #NoAdoptionDiscrimination in Federal Funding Bill

On Wednesday July 11, 2018, a House Committee added an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for FY2019. This "Aderholt amendment" mirrors the language in the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and if passed, would:

  • allow taxpayer-funded child placing agencies to deny needed services and discriminate against children in their care, as well as prospective foster or adoptive parents, based on the agency or provider’s religious beliefs
  • allow service providers to turn away qualified adoptive and foster parents based on their religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • reduce the number of available adoptive and foster homes for children, harming ALL children in care
  • punish states with nondiscrimination protections by withholding federal adoption funding, further harming all children in foster care

Take Action: Contact All Members of Congress

Contact your members of Congress and demand this poison pill amendment be stripped from any funding bill in the House or Senate.


Learn more: Download our Issue Brief

This document includes analysis of the number of children impacted and the amount of federal funding that would be withheld from states that enforce nondiscrimination protections.