UPDATE 9/26/18: Aderholt Amendment Defeated!
On September 26, 2018 the House passed the FY19 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill. The final version of the bill, already passed by the Senate, removes the “Aderholt Amendment” — language described in greater detail below that was added to the bill in the House appropriations committee in July that would have required states to allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies to turn away qualified parents based on religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or family structure.
Background: About the Aderholt Amendment
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
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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.
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