Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign Launched to Promote Best Interests of All Children in Foster and Adoption Systems

The Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign promotes the best interests of all children in the foster care and adoption system by increasing their access to loving, stable, forever homes, and ensures safe and supportive care for LGBTQ youth seeking family formation.

Today, Family Equality Council announces the launch of the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign, to promote the best interests of all children in the foster care and adoption system by increasing their access to loving, stable, forever homes, and to ensure safe and supportive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth seeking family formation.

The Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign brings together a broad coalition of organizations from across the political spectrum, including child welfare organizations, child welfare professionals, advocacy and civil rights organizations, and current and former foster youth with lived experience in the child welfare system. Campaign members are united in the belief that no otherwise qualified foster or adoptive parent should be turned away due to their marital status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Twenty founding campaign members join Family Equality Council in inviting everyone with an interest in securing safe, supportive and stable homes for youth in care to sign up at http://www.everychilddeservesa.family.

“Seven states have already passed legislation allowing adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ children, youth and qualified prospective parents – as well as other prospective parents who don’t pass an agency’s ‘religious’ test,” said Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality Council, “These ‘license to discriminate’ laws hurt all children waiting for a forever home by reducing the pool of potential parents. And, they harm LGBTQ youth, who represent 19% of youth in care, by allowing agencies to refuse to place them with affirming and accepting parents. The Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign is designed to oppose and repeal such bills at the state level, as well as advance the bipartisan federal Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would provide lasting protection from this type of unacceptable discrimination.”

Jaime M. Grant,…

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