Share Your Story with Federal and State Elected Officials
The Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign and the Welcoming All Families Project need YOUR story to illustrate to your elected officials and the public why anti-LGBTQ discrimination in adoption and foster care services is wrong.
Whether you are a foster youth, an LGBTQ parent, a child welfare professional, or an ally, YOUR story matters. We need stories from all fifty states to tell lawmakers: your constituents matter, and we want discrimination against LGBTQ children, youth, and parents to end.
Thank you for participating in the storytelling partnership between Family Equality Council's Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign and the Center for American Progress' Welcoming All Families Project.
Talking points you may wish to incorporate into your story:
1. Every Child Deserves a Stable, Loving, Forever Family.
- Adoption and parenting should focus on creating stable, loving forever homes for kids.
- All child welfare decisions should be made in the best interests of the child, not based on the personal beliefs of child services agencies or workers.
- Discriminatory adoption and foster care laws allow child services agencies to keep a child in foster care or a government group home rather than allowing her to be adopted by qualified, loving parents, simply because they don’t pass an agency’s religious test.
2. Discriminatory Adoption and Foster Care Laws and Policies Harm Youth.
- Allowing child services providers to discriminate reduces the number of qualified foster and adoptive homes for all kids in care.
- Same-sex couples are six times more likely to foster, and four times more likely to adopt, than opposite-sex couples. And, LGBTQ people are more likely to adopt older children and children with disabilities – children who have the most difficulty finding forever homes.
- “License to discriminate” laws allow child services agencies to refuse to place LGBTQ youth - who are overrepresented in the foster care system - with affirming and accepting parents. These laws also mean that a worker could place an LGBTQ youth with a family that intends to place them in harmful conversion therapy.
- Marginalized youth in the child welfare system, including those who are LGBTQ, youth with disabilities, and youth of color, deserve culturally competent, safe, and supportive care.