The Department of Health and Human Services is taking into consideration a rule change proposal by the Trump Administration, to remove protections for the LGBTQ families who want to adopt or provide services to children. The rule change would mean that religious affiliated organization would continue to receive federal money even if they refuse to work with LGBTQ families. This would have a large impact on the child welfare and adoption system, as well as faith-based pre-schools and public health initiatives.
Ohio is the first state to enter into a public-private partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation in 2012. A five year study has concluded that children in foster care served by the Dave Thomas Foundation Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program recruiters are three times more likely to be adopted even if they are teenagers, children with special needs, or sibling groups. The foundation is aiming to increase its foster recruitment program "to scale" in all 50 states and Washington, DC by 2028.
Wyoming Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of providing legal representation to parents involved in child welfare proceedings. The creation of an Office of Parent Counsel will hugely impact child welfare in the state as it could provide quality and timely access to counsel to each family. This would also potentially save money as the time children spend in foster care could be shortened. New York City's interdisciplinary law office model of representing parents found that is dramatically shortened the length of time children spent in foster care, as well as a study in Washington states approach to representing parents also produced similar findings.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.