1 in 3 foster children identify as LGBTQI+, and they experience higher rates of mistreatment, long stays in residential care rather than with families, and higher rates of homelessness, being trafficked, and criminal justice system involvement.
The John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act will improve the outcomes for the LGBTQI+ youth dramatically overrepresented in care. And, it opens up more loving homes to America’s 400,000 foster youth. It does so by barring discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and marital status against families or children in taxpayer-funded child welfare services. And, it provides extensive resources to states, tribes, and agencies to improve care and outcomes for LGBTQI+ foster children.
TODAY, please tell your members of Congress: Co-sponsor and pass the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act.