LGBTQ Rights

Foster Care Agencies Shouldn’t Use Religion To Reject Parents

Our government has a duty to protect vulnerable children in the foster care system. Taxpayer-funded foster care agencies should never use religious litmus tests to deny these children the chance at having a safe home with a loving family.

But religious extremists and their lawmaker allies want agencies that contract with the government to be allowed to turn away qualified parents because they are the “wrong” religion, are LGBTQ, or don’t satisfy the agencies’ religious tests.

Americans United will continue to fight on behalf of people who were unable to foster children because they couldn’t pass taxpayer-funded agencies’ religious tests.

What you need to know

Supreme Court’s Limited-But-Troubling Decision

In Fulton v. Philadelphia, the Supreme Court ruled that because of the specific details of the city’s contracts, Philadelphia must allow a Catholic foster care agency to reject LGBTQ potential foster parents. But the court did not grant agencies nationwide a free pass to discriminate.

400,000 Kids In Foster Care Need Homes

There are more than 400,000 children in foster care nationwide. To ensure they have the opportunity to find safe, loving homes, AU will continue fighting on behalf of people like Aimee Maddonna, Fatma Marouf, and Bryn Esplin – loving parents who were turned away by taxpayer-funded agencies because they couldn’t pass religious tests.

LGBTQ Couples More Likely To Foster and Adopt

Same-sex couples are seven times more likely to foster and adopt children than opposite-sex couples. They are also more likely to adopt older children and kids with special needs, those who are statistically less likely to be adopted.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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