Michigan House Committee Passes Bills Denying Homes to Foster Children
Despite concerns from constituents, legislators passed the discriminatory adoption bills out of committeeLegislators passed three bills out of committee allowing taxpayer funded adoption agencies to deny adoption placement based on moral or religious beliefs.
Equality Michigan’s director of political advocacy, Sommer Foster, testified against the bills, alongside parents and advocates from partner organizations.
According to Equality Michigan, the state has 14,000 children in foster care at any one time. These bills could threaten the placement of the over 3,000 foster care children whose biological parents’ rights have been terminated and who are just waiting for homes. Yet the bills acknowledge that denying a couple based on religious or moral convictions does not imply “that the proposed adoption is not in the best interests of the adoptee.” Additionally, the bills protect public funding for agencies choosing to discriminate.
With the possibility of the bills going before the Michigan House of Representatives for a floor vote, Equality Michigan is asking people to encourage the House leadership to do the right thing by opposing the bills. People interested in taking action can visit eqmi.us/215adopt for more information on the petition.
“Equality Michigan is committed to making sure that our legislators know that Michigan citizens will not tolerate efforts to turn Michigan into a state which values intolerance over reason. This effort to enshrine discrimination into our laws is alarming and must be stopped,” said Emily Dievendorf, Equality Michigan’s executive director.
“This legislation is making things harder for the over 3,000 foster care children currently awaiting homes. Our leaders are wasting precious time and our money to harm children in need. Equality Michigan’s members have sent thousands of emails opposing these bills, and they will continue to do so until the House leadership does the right thing and kills these bills,” said Foster.