Democrats say adoption bill is discriminatory

May 12, 2017, 01:35
Democrats say adoption bill is discriminatory

Its author, Rep. James Frank, says it's created to keep faith-based organizations offering adoption services by shielding them from potential lawsuits. "When children are removed from their families because of neglect or abuse, the State has an obligation to place them in homes based on the children's needs and the prospective family's ability to meet those needs, not on the religious beliefs of the agency hired by the State to find them homes".

"In addition, this discriminatory bill purports to "solve" this issue of those children and prospective parents denied placement and participation for so-called religious reasons through the creation of a separate foster care system". She said Wednesday that alterations the House made while approving her bill last week were "bad for Houston taxpayers" and "shockingly fiscally irresponsible". State legislatures across the country continue to introduce and debate a wide range of bills that would provide religious exemptions for those with religious beliefs about sex, gender identity, marriage, and reproduction in various contexts, including for health care providers, school teachers, shop owners, people operating businesses, and employers.

Rep. James Frank of Wichita Falls said that his measure directs child services to ensure that other outside adoption providers without religious objections will be available to potential adoptive parents who were turned away by those who raise objections.

"Say you call an agency and say, 'I'm Jewish, ' and it's a Catholic agency and they hang up on you", said Bryant. Such actions include denying funding, canceling contracts, and declining licensure, for example. Midnight Thursday is the deadline for the House to pass bills that originate in that chamber, meaning hundreds of pieces of legislation will all but die if not approved by then.

Gay rights groups and some foster families worry they're being unfairly targeted by a state adoption bill passed Wednesday by Texas House lawmakers.

The legislation would apply to both private and state-funded adoption agencies.

"When they've already gone through the many levels of review and safety and financial stability in order to be an adopting couple in the first place", Martinez said. Child welfare services should be guided by the overarching principle that guides all family law: all determinations should be in the "best interest of the child". Texas legislators and child welfare advocates have been working to tap various communities to help care for vulnerable and abused children.

The Texas House has given its final approval to such a measure - despite resistance from many Democrats.

"We're further casting these children off", said Rep.

"HB 3859 is a wholesale rejection of LGBT people as foster and adoptive parents, and it says to LGBTQ kids in the child welfare system: 'There is something wrong with you, '" Currey Cook, counsel and director of Lambda Legal's Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, said in a statement.

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