Freedom For All Americans Statement on Health and Human Services Rule Change Affecting LGBTQ Families And AdoptionNovember 1, 2019 • 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights announced that it will cease to enforce a federal rule that prevented federal grant recipients, including foster care and adoption agencies, from discriminating against otherwise-qualified prospective LGBTQ parents, at great harm to children waiting in state care for loving, forever homes.
Freedom For All Americans’ incoming CEO and National Campaign Director Kasey Suffredini released the following statement:
“Right now in America there are hundreds of thousands of children waiting in government care for forever homes, and there are loving LGBTQ parents eager to care for them. This action today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services means that children in government care will needlessly continue to wait for the loving homes they need and deserve, while prospective LGBTQ parents are turned away not because of their ability to parent but because of who they are. This is a travesty for everyone involved, and distinctly un-American.
Studies show that children who age out of foster care without being placed with a family are at increased risk of homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. Enacting a rule that will limit the number of parents able to provide these homes is irresponsible, dangerous, and harmful to our nation’s foster children. We must put our children’s safety, health, and wellbeing ahead of discriminatory policies; our children’s needs should always come first.”
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.