Children’s Rights Statement on Discrimination Case Challenging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

In response to a lawsuit filed today on behalf of Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE, against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel at Children’s Rights, issued the following statement:

“We applaud this move to hold HHS accountable. The administration’s attempt to nationalize a taxpayer-funded license to discriminate that would harm those most vulnerable among us is especially cruel during this time of crisis. The action that prompted the suit, the rescission of nondiscrimination provisions in the distribution of federal funding, is a huge step backwards for the children we serve. It places our clients and all foster children in harm’s way. While thousands of children languish in foster care systems across the country, the Trump administration should be focused on expanding the pool of prospective foster and adoptive parents—not turning them away based on non-merit factors like sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or religion. Now more than ever, the Trump administration must abandon its discriminatory agenda and ensure that HHS and its grantees are serving all community members.”