The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, S. 1069, would limit federal funding for adoption agencies involved in discriminatory placement practices for foster children seeking adoption by single parents or same-sex couples.
The bill also aims to end discriminatory barriers blocking the adoption of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children.
Gillibrand said there are more than 100,000 children in the foster care system eligible for adoption. She said the legislation was important because most states don’t require nondiscrimination practices in foster care adoption agencies. Florida, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas and Virginia actually have laws on the books that allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.
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