Support Legislation to End Discrimination in Adoption

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative John Lewis (D-GA), and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) reintroduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF) would prevent discrimination in public adoption and foster care on the basis of potential parents’ – or the child’s – sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. By doing so, this vital legislation would help ensure the ability of thousands of children to find permanent, loving families.

There are approximately 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, yet 23,000 of them will leave foster care without ever finding a permanent home. Many states lack legislation preventing discrimination in adoption, leaving both children and potential LGBT parents vulnerable to the prejudice of individual agencies and case workers.

ECDF will address this issue by increasing the number of adoptive parents by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status in public adoption and foster care placements. And, by increasing access to safe and supportive homes for children in foster care systems, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act helps promote these children’s best interests. Furthermore, ECDF has no impact on private adoptions, and religious charities are free to continue operating as they always have.

The Reform Movement has long been active in the fight for equality for LGBT Americans and is proud to support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. As people of faith, our holy texts teach us that all individuals are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27), and as such are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. As Jews, our tradition and history teach us that we should not stand by as others suffer discrimination. Take action to urge your members of Congress to support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.

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Jordan Dashow

About Jordan Dashow

Jordan Dashow is a 2014-2015 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the RAC. He graduated in 2014 from Tufts University and is originally from Plainview, NY where he is a member of Manetto Hill Jewish Center.


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