This bill has supporters from a wide array of child welfare, civil rights and faith-based organizations, as well as many of the leading LGBT organizations across the country.
The facts are overwhelming: there are an estimated 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. And as of 2007, there were more than 25,000 additional youth who have “aged out” of the foster care system, putting them at high risk for poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and early parenthood.
All of these youth are in desperate need of permanent, safe homes with loving families.
These families already exist.
However, the current patchwork of state laws does a disservice to these children by denying them access to permanent, safe and loving homes. Many state laws deem well-qualified individuals the opportunity to become foster parents or adopt simply because of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act can change this fact and open up countless opportunities to provide children with the homes and families that they deserve.