Provide Safe, Loving Adoptive Homes For Foster Children

Target: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Goal: Ease the child adoption process for non-traditional families, such as same sex couple and single adults.  Alleviate the burden of the overcrowded foster care system by placing children in available, stable homes regardless of family make-up.

Hundreds of thousands of children are currently living in foster care homes or facilities in the U.S..  These children have been abandoned, orphaned, removed from abusive households, or possibly given up by parents that are unable to properly care for them.  Some are the result of unplanned pregnancies, although advances in birth control and abortion availability have reduced the number of unwanted births.  Many foster parents are special individuals with open hearts who provide loving, nurturing environments for nominal compensation.  Yet, these situations are temporary, creating an environment of uncertainty for all involved.

Traditional families – consisting of a stay at home mother, working father, and two children – are currently in the minority. Women have careers and often must hold full time jobs, in addition to their husbands, just to make ends meet.  In some cases, unemployed dads are the ones to stay at home and care for children. Single men and women no longer feel the need to be married in order to be parent;  in fact, with 50% of all first marriages ending in divorce, one might argue that single parents provide a more stable home environment than divorced parents.  Interfaith and interracial relationships, as well as same sex unions, are common and gaining acceptance.  Yet many of these non-traditional households face greater scrutiny and implicit discrimination in the adoption process.  Ironically, these potential adoptive parents are typically more stable financially and emotionally, and happier with their lifestyles than foster parents.  Additionally, the adoption process usually involves home studies, psychological evaluations of the prospective parents, and parenting classes.  These measures cost applicants thousands of dollars.  Why would anyone not committed to parenting subject themselves to this process?

Please sign the petition below and urge the Department of Health and Human Services to ease the adoption process for singles and non-traditional couples, providing loving families for foster children.


Dear Secretary Sebelius,

Hundreds of thousands of children reside in foster homes in the U.S., despite the high number of prospective parents waiting to adopt.   While agencies wait for the perfect couple or traditional family to adopt these children, many unmarried individuals and same sex couples anxiously await approval.  Sadly, many are subjected to increased, discriminatory scrutiny and rejected simply due to their marital status or sexual orientation.

Americans, both by necessity and by choice, now live in a variety of non-traditional environments.  However, these homes are not necessarily unhealthy for child rearing simply based on their non-traditional nature.  In fact, as compared to foster parent counterparts, many are better prepared and more willing to demonstrate their competence in providing appropriate homes for children who have been abandoned, orphaned, unwanted, or otherwise parentless.

Please eliminate the barriers for adoption by single and same sex parents and help provide loving, stable homes for every child.


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