Every Child Deserves a Family Act Would Prevent LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Family Equality Council Welcomes the Reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Family Equality Council welcomes the reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2017 in the U.S. Senate, and thanks Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for her leadership on behalf of youth in the child welfare system and LGBTQ adoptive and foster parents. The Senate bill, S. 1303, is co-sponsored by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Brown (D-OH), Franken (D-MN), Sanders (I-VT), and Wyden (D-OR). The Senate bill accompanies the H.R. 2640, introduced in the House of Representatives last month by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

When passed, ECDF will restrict federal funding for states employing discriminatory practices in adoption and foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of potential parents, as well as the sexual orientation or gender identity of youth in foster care. At its heart, ECDF will ensure that more kids in foster care find a loving and stable home — be it a temporary foster home while they await reunification with family or a forever home with adoptive parents.

“With so many American children in need of a permanent home, we should not be preventing loving, caring, and responsible adults from welcoming these children into their families,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “The absence of a national policy prevents thousands of children from growing up in a safe home with devoted parents. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would remove outdated discriminatory barriers, and let as many of our nation’s foster children have a safe and permanent home.”

“This bill highlights why discrimination in any form is…

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