Senator Gillibrand to Introduce the Every Child Deserves a Family Act
October 28, 2011 by Paul Guequierre
Today, Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY), announced she will introduce the Every Child Deserves a Family Act in the Senate. This legislation would remove barriers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people providing loving homes to children in our foster care system. This bill also addresses the need to find loving homes for the disproportionate number of LGBT youth in foster care. It does so by banning discrimination in adoption or foster care placement based on the sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity of the potential parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child.
In May, Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) reintroduced the ECDFA, H.R. 1681. HRC has supported this legislation in the House of Representatives for several years and we are pleased that Senator Gillibrand has introduced the companion bill. If passed, this legislation would make more loving homes available to the nearly 120,000 children in this country who are waiting to be adopted right now. There are currently an estimated 65,000 adopted children living with a gay or lesbian parent. This is a child welfare issue.