Join our storytelling campaign to raise awareness about anti-LGBTQ discrimination in foster care and adoption!
Estimates suggest that there may be more than 440,000 children currently in the foster care systems nationwide, 117,000 of whom are currently waiting for adoption. States’ child welfare systems are often overwhelmed, and more than 20,000 children age out of the system each year without finding the forever family they need. Amid this crisis, increasingly more states are granting child placement agencies license to claim a religious reason to turn away otherwise qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) prospective parents or mistreat LGBTQ youth in foster care. We need more foster and adoptive homes—not fewer. Discrimination against LGBTQ prospective parents must be stopped.
The Center for American Progress is working to make sure that child placement agencies are #WelcomingAllFamilies.
Have you have ever experienced anti-LGBTQ discrimination in adoption and/or foster care as a parent or child? Do you know someone who has? We want to hear from you!
- Are you an adoptive or foster parent who has been turned away from a placement agency due to your LGBTQ identity?
- Are you an adoptee or current or former foster youth who was mistreated because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
- Are you a faith leader who rejects discrimination and ministers to LGBTQ people in your area?
- Are you a child welfare leader or provider who works with LGBTQ families and has seen the harms of discrimination or the benefits of inclusion in your work?
- Are you an ally who has witnessed discriminatory treatment against LGBTQ parents or children by a placement agency?