"Kids Pay the Price" is new TV ad that depicts the kinds of harms children can face when adoption agencies and workers are exempted from following key child welfare laws based on individual beliefs.
The ad, which Fox News Channel refused to air, was created by the Movement Advancement Project and released in partnership with the Child Welfare League of America and the National Association of Social Workers, alongside a companion report, Kids Pay the Price: How Religious Exemptions for Child Welfare Agencies Harm Children. The ad and report coincide with an ACLU lawsuit challenging Michigan’s practice of allowing state-funded child-placing agencies to turn away prospective families headed by same-sex couples based on religious objections.
Currently, there are 428,000 children in state care in the U.S., with more than 100,000 of them awaiting adoption. Unfortunately, a growing number of states (including Texas, South Dakota, Alabama, Michigan, North Dakota, Mississippi and Virginia) have passed religious exemption laws that allow child welfare workers to reject qualified parents and to put their individual beliefs above the best interests of children. Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation that would cut child welfare funding to states that require agencies to not discriminate. To watch the "Kids Pay the Price" ad and read the new report describing these disturbing new adoption laws, check out the links below or visit our partners’ websites.
September 2017 - When states allow child services decisions to be based on religious beliefs and not the best interests of kids, it’s kids who pay the price. Learn more in this powerful new ad from MAP that FOX News Channel refused to air.
September 2017 - This report details how religious exemptions for child welfare providers hurt children and vulnerable families. Agencies that provide services to children and parents should focus on providing loving, stable homes for children and helping families in need. Instead, these laws encourage and enable adoption agencies and their workers to reject qualified parents who don’t share the agency’s or worker’s religious beliefs.
September 2017 - From the pages of Kids Pay the Price come a set of infographics, including: 'Beyond Michigan,' 'Cost to States,' 'Thousands of Children,' and more.