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Religious discrimination is harming children

What is happening?

At a time when the need to provide children with a stable and loving home is at a point of “crisis,” many states are forcing adoptive parents to pass an ideological litmus test to qualify.

In some states, if the parents aren’t willing to push the government’s message on sexuality and gender, they can’t adopt.

Simply put: government officials and policies are actively discriminating against Americans of faith—prioritizing ideology over the needs of kids.

That’s cruel, it harms children, and it’s unconstitutional.

Who is harmed?

Nearly 400,000 children are currently in the foster care system in America. Approximately 114,000 are ready to be adopted. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that for children who are waiting to be adopted, the average time in foster care is nearly three years, and over 30% of these children will spend more than three years in the foster care system.

Think about that. Kids are spending some of the most important childhood years without a permanent family of their own to laugh, love, and grow with.

That’s what these discriminatory policies are doing: making a bad situation worse. The need for foster/adoptive parents is often described as a “crisis.” But state governments are slamming the door on Christians and other parents, telling children that they care more about satisfying activist agendas than they do about finding them a home.

What we’re doing about it

We’re standing up for these children and for the families of faith who face government discrimination. People like Jessica Bates. Oregon officials told her that she couldn’t adopt because of her religious beliefs about sexuality and gender. This isn’t helping children in need—it’s wrong and illegal.

Jessica is just one of many Americans challenging unjust policies like Oregon’s. That’s why we want to equip you with the facts about religious discrimination in adoption/foster care. Sign up for our free educational series now so you can help speak the truth in love with friends and family about this important topic.