Discriminatory Treatment in Foster Parenting and Adoptions

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What's at Stake

The ACLU has a long history of successfully challenging state exclusions of LGBT people from adopting or becoming foster parents, such as our 20-year fight that brought down Florida’s notorious anti-gay adoption ban. We will continue to challenge remaining state laws that ban adoption or fostering by LGBT people or same-sex couples. We’ll also continue to fight efforts to allow discriminatory treatment of LGBT people by religiously affiliated child welfare agencies that contract with states to serve the needs of children in state custody.

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The ACLU has a long history of successfully challenging state exclusions of LGBT people from adopting or becoming foster parents, such as our 20-year fight that brought down Florida’s notorious anti-gay adoption ban. We will continue to challenge remaining state laws that ban adoption or fostering by LGBT people or same-sex couples. We’ll also continue to fight efforts to allow discriminatory treatment of LGBT people by religiously affiliated child welfare agencies that contract with states to serve the needs of children in state custody.

Need help? 
Fill out our confidential online form

For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

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