Adoption Groups Could Turn Away L.G.B.T. Families Under Proposed Rule

Derrick Bryson Taylor - The New York Times

"A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds," according to this article from the New York Times. The proposal was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will undergo a 30-day comment period before becoming final rule. "Critics, such as Ms. Brogan-Kator, said the rule would allow organizations to place their personal religious beliefs above the needs of children in their care, but the administration countered that it was not preventing L.G.B.T. people from adopting," says the article.

The article notes that of the 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States, there are more then 114,000 who cannot be returned to their families and are waiting to be adopted. Additionally, according to the article, same-sex couples with children are more likely to have an adopted child than are opposite-sex couples with children (21.4 percent versus 3 percent respectively).