The Every Child Deserves A Family Act

About the bill

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act focuses attention on the best interests of children in the foster care system. By eliminating state laws, policies, practices and procedures that exclude potential adoptive and foster parents because of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, this bill will dramatically increase access to permanent, loving homes for foster care children.  

One in four children in this country is being raised by a single parent.  Six million Americans have a parent who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. We all recognize there is no single type of family in America anymore. 

National Adoption Month

This November is National Adoption Month, making it the perfect time to advocate for the 102,000 youth in care who are eligible for adoption, as well as the 23,000 youth who age out of care each year without finding a permanent and loving home. With two million LGBTQ adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, it is time to put an end to the restrictive state laws, policies, practices, and procedures that prevent them from doing so.

Throughout the month of November, Family Equality Council and its partners are telling Congress now is the time to act to ensure all youth in care can find permanent, loving forever homes by passing the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF). Throughout the month, Family Equality Council will have an ongoing outreach and social media campaign targeted at equipping our members and partners with the tools to advocate for foster youth and LGBTQ prospective foster parents.

Take a look at our National Adoption Month Page to find ways you can help make a difference in the lives of youth in foster care throughout the month of November. You can also check out our Facebook page for family stories, shareable media, and our month-long Fact-a-Day campaign, and share your support of the bill on Twitter by using the hashtag #allies4adoption.

Our Coalition

We are proud to be part of a diverse coalition of partner organizations working to pass the Every Child Deserves A Family Act. 

> The Coalition

During February and March of 2012, our coalition told the United States Senate that Every Child Deserves a Family.  

> Read the letters.

About the Bill

402,000 kids in U.S. foster care system

102,000 eligible for adoption

23,000 "aged out" before finding a family

No More Excuses

Every Child Deserves a Family 

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The Facts

The Bill

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