The Every Child Deserves a Family Act was recently introduced into the House. This is a federal bill that promotes the best interests of all foster children. It prohibits federally funded child welfare service providers from discriminating against children, families, and individuals based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. The bill also bans conversion therapy for children receiving or participating in federally funded child welfare programs or services.
Why do we need this bill?
Because it ensures the well-being and safety of the 1 in 5 foster children who identify as LGBTQ. It also opens up more loving homes for all of America’s foster children. Over 500 organizations - including CenterLink - have joined the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign, which opposes discrimination in foster care and adoption and promotes affirming care for all foster youth.
What can you do to help it pass?
Contact your representatives by clicking here. Encourage them to help end discrimination in foster care and adoption.