Statement: Children’s Rights Condemns New HHS Rule That Would Enable Discrimination in Child Welfare

Today, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new rule that would enable discrimination by taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights, issued this statement condemning the new proposal:

“With this rule, we are witnessing the full force of the United States government being used to enshrine discrimination into law – all at the expense of defenseless foster children who need and deserve loving homes. This proposal rolls back Obama-era nondiscrimination policies to instead enable taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, and others whose religious beliefs do not match those of child placing agencies. At a time when we are already experiencing a severe shortage of foster homes across the country, our policies should encourage placing children with safe and loving families – period.”


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