Highlight the Impact of Federal Adoption Discrimination State-By-State
Not only does the Aderholt amendment allow adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate, it also punishes states with nondiscrimination protections by withholding federal child welfare funding, further harming all children in foster care.
46 states have nondiscrimination policies based on religion, gender and sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression. These states stand to lose 15% of their Title IVE and IVB funding if they enforce these policies – up to $1 billion nationally.
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District of Columbia
Source for Number of Children in State Child Welfare Services: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, “Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS): Number of Children Served in Foster Care, by State, FY 2007- 2016,” Data as of October 2017;
Source for Funding (Title VI-B and Title IV-E Funding only): Child Trends, “Child Welfare Financing SFY 2014: State-Level Data Table,” October 3, 2016.