House LGBT Caucus Praises Introduction of the Bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Jun 18, 2019
Press Release

420 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20003

Date: June 18, 2019      Contact:  Aliya Bean, (202) 225-2305

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House LGBT Caucus Praises Introduction of the Bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today commended the introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill would end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in foster care and adoption once and for all and dramatically improve foster care for LGBTQ youth.

“Too many children dream of a stable, loving family. Many adults want to open their homes and their hearts, but they also are facing more and more barriers, because some officials can say they practice the wrong religion, love the wrong person, or are not married,” said bill sponsor and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (GA-05). “The Every Child Deserves a Family Act puts the happiness and well-being of our children front and center, engaging every possible match between solid families and children searching for a home. We must each do our part to ensure that every young person and capable, aspiring parents are able to enjoy the dream of a loving, stable family together.”

“As a gay dad, helping kids find forever homes is personal,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), the first and only out member of Congress from New York and a father of three. “It’s ridiculous that qualified, loving parents are being turned away just because of who they love. There are so many kids in need of a good home and parents who are ready, willing, and able to give that to them. At the end of the day - that’s all that matters.”

“No parent should ever be denied the opportunity to build a family because of who they love or how they identify, and no child should ever be mistreated because of their identity. All that should matter is that children are placed in a safe, loving home,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02) who has four sons with her wife Cheryl. “I’m proud to be a champion for this bill to ensure LGBTQ adoptive parents and children are treated with the respect they deserve.”

Research shows that nearly one in five foster youth are LGBTQ. LGBTQ foster youth report twice the rate of poor treatment in foster care and suffer worse outcomes in foster care than their non-LGBTQ counterparts. Further, although same-sex couples are seven times more likely to foster or adopt than their different-sex counterparts, many child placing agencies refuse to serve same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals.

Please contact Aliya Bean at 202-225-2305 or aliya.bean@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the eight openly LGBT members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

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