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Every Child Deserves a Family


Celebrate National Adoption Month by helping all children find the loving family that they deserve! 

Right now, there are over 400,000 kids in the U.S. foster care system, more than 102,000 of whom are eligible for adoption. Approximately 23,000 of these youth will age out of the foster care system this year without ever finding permanent families of their own. 

We can change that. Help us to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF). This federal bill will ensure that qualified prospective LGBTQ parents can open their homes to foster youth by preventing states and agencies from employing discriminatory practices in adoption and foster care placements. 

Send a message to your members of Congress now and urge them to co-sponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. Together we can pass this critical legislation and ensure that all youth in care have every opportunity to find a loving, stable, forever family to call their own.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

November is National Adoption Month, a month dedicated to celebrating families formed through adoption and taking action to help all youth in care have the opportunity to find a permanent and loving home. As a constituent who cares deeply about the welfare of children and families, I am writing to ask you to support youth in care by becoming a cosponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF).

I strongly believe that every one of the more than 400,000 children in our nation's foster care system deserves a chance to find a permanent, loving forever family to call their own. However, many states still have barriers preventing prospective parents, including prospective parents who also happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, from adopting or serving as foster parents. Every leading national child welfare association has endorsed the ability of gay and lesbian people to serve as foster and adoptive parents and child welfare experts agree that children raised by gay and lesbian parents have the same social and emotional development and the same outcomes as those raised by different-sex parents.

23,000 children age out of the foster care system each year without finding permanency. Given the range of negative implications of aging out, it is critical that we remove all barriers preventing children in care from finding loving, stable and supportive families. ECDF would help to ensure that every child in the foster care system has the best possible opportunity to find their forever home.

If you have not already done so, please sign-on to co-sponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 2449/S. 1382).

Thank you so very much for your support of this critical legislation.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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