The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering an appropriations bill that could cut federal funding for state child welfare services to any state that requires that its taxpayer-funded child welfare providers to not discriminate against families or children in care. The bill would also eliminate federal agencies’ ability to enforce key nondiscrimination provisions on behalf of children and families or other conditions on receipt of federal funds.
This bill seeks to create a license to discriminate for child welfare providers, prioritizes the interests of providers over the welfare of children, will reduce the likelihood that the most vulnerable children find stability with a foster or adoptive family, and could cut more than $1.04 billion to state child welfare budgets–all of which mean that the more than 395,000 children in the child welfare system across the country will pay the price. Learn more about this dangerous amendment.
This amendment is part of a broader trend to allow child welfare agencies to discriminate. A growing number of states, including three in 2018 alone, 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.
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.