Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act would create a license to discriminate for adoption and foster care agencies, allowing them to deny needed services and discriminate against children in their care, as well as prospective foster or adoptive parents, based on the agency or provider’s religious beliefs.

On Wednesday July 11, 2018, a House Committee added an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for FY2019. This “Aderholt amendment” mirrors the language in the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and if passed, would:

  • allow taxpayer-funded child placing agencies to deny needed services and discriminate against children in their care, as well as prospective foster or adoptive parents, based on the agency or provider’s religious beliefs
  • allow service providers to turn away qualified adoptive and foster parents based on their religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • reduce the number of available adoptive and foster homes for children, harming ALL children in care
    punish states with nondiscrimination protections by withholding federal adoption funding, further harming all children in foster care

Last updated: July 19, 2018

Aderholt Amendment

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