Children’s Rights Opposes HHS Rule, “License to Discriminate”

On November 19, the Trump administration announced a proposed rule change that would roll back non-discrimination provisions for programs funded with taxpayer dollars through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Today, Children’s Rights submitted a public letter opposing this rule change, urging HHS to withdraw the proposed change and citing these reasons:

“First, it would enshrine discrimination into federal law by allowing child welfare providers to reject prospective families on the basis of non-merit factors such as sexual orientation and religion. Second, given that a greater percentage of same-sex couples are raising adopted children than different-sex couples, the proposed rule would further restrict an already limited pool of foster and adoptive parents. Third, the proposed rule would further harm LGBTQ children in foster care by sending them the message that LGBTQ people are not valued.”