Today the Trump administration announced a proposed new Health and Human Services rule permitting, among other things, discrimination by taxpayer-funded adoption and foster agencies. The proposed rule would allow agencies to turn away potential foster or adoptive parents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or because a couple is in a same-sex marriage.

“What children need is supportive care and a safe and affirming home,” said GLAD Senior Staff Attorney Polly Crozier. “This proposed rule not only harms children by reducing the number of potential homes available at a time when there is such incredible need, but it also sends a devastating message to LGBTQ youth in care that they themselves are not worthy.  We know that LGBTQ youth, and especially LGBTQ youth of color are overrepresented in the child welfare system. This policy perpetuates bias and stigma that will hurt those young people. Our taxpayer-funded support systems must be focused on helping, not harming, children.”