All children in foster care deserve a home. Tell Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 2640/S. 1303) and end the practice of adoption and foster care agencies discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status when considering prospective parents.
There are over 400,000 young people currently in foster care across the United States, over 100,000 of whom are eligible for adoption every year. Finding homes is not always easy, and over 20,000 prospective adoptees “aged out” of the system without a family in 2015. Yet the current patchwork of state laws and policies denies kids access to safe, stable, and permanent homes just because of the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of the prospective parents.
Research indicates that the optimal development for children is based on the stable attachments to committed and nurturing parents. Research has consistently shown that children raised by LGBTQ parents have the same level of emotional, cognitive, social and sexual development outcomes as children raised by different-sex couples. Research also shows that foster youth who never find a permanent home face a much higher chance of ending up poor, homeless, in jail, and becoming a young parent.
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF) seeks to end the practice of adoption and foster care agencies discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status when considering prospective parents. It promotes the best interests of the children in the foster care system by increasing their access to safe and supportive homes. ECDF has no impact on private adoptions, and religious charities are free to continue operating as they always have.
Judaism teaches that all human beings are created b'tzelem Elohim – in the Divine image. Genesis 1:27 tells us that “God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created them.” The belief that the stamp of the divine is present in all humans is fundamental to Reform Judaism; we cannot tolerate discrimination against any person for any reason. Qualified LGBTQ Americans should be able to provide nurturing and supportive homes to children seeking adoptive and foster care, as do heterosexual Americans.
For more information, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Noah Fitzgerel at (202) 387-2800 or visit the RAC's LGBTQ Rights issue page. In addition to sending an email through our form above, you can also call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
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