Every child deserves a family 💔
Tomorrow is the first day of May, which is National Foster Care Month. In Louisiana, 4700+ children are currently in foster care. Throughout May, we'll be reaching out to share with you the stories of youth in foster care and the actions you can take to support them.
Did you know? LGBTQ youth are more likely to be placed in group homes and institutional settings than their straight and cisgender peers in foster care because there are too few affirming family placements taking in LGBTQ children. This, in turn, causes them to be more likely to be homeless when they turn 18 and have poor health outcomes.
And worse, many states are trying to pass new laws allowing child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people who want to adopt or serve as foster parents, further limiting the number of available placements for these children.
Thankfully, Louisiana isn't one of those states so far. However, we must stay vigilant, especially since Governor John Bel Edwards's executive order protecting LGBTQ people receiving state services (including foster care and adoption services) was overturned by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
You can help end discrimination in adoption and foster care and open more homes to children in need by building Republican support for the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. This federal legislation will make it possible for children in every state across the country to find a family to call their own.
Please click here TODAY to email and call your Republican members of Congress.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican champion of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, is retiring at the end of this term. The Act prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ youth and parents by federally funded foster care and adoption agencies. To move this important bill in 2019, we need to inspire more Republican leaders to support it.
68% of Americans from all across the political spectrum support the bill – now we need members of Congress to step up to the plate on behalf of children who need good homes.
With one click here you can email your members of Congress – and then be patched through to call and tell them: “Please cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.”
President, Louisiana Trans Advocates