Poll: Ensure All Adoption Agencies Can Continue to Serve Families and Children

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Poll: Ensure All Adoption Agencies Can Continue to Serve Families and Children

July 9, 2018 1 min read Download Report
Elizabeth Fender
Manager, Marketing
Elizabeth Fender serves as Manager of Marketing at The Heritage Foundation.

Summary

There are over 400,000 children across the nation on the waiting list for foster care, 100,000 awaiting adoptive families, and the opioid crisis putting more at risk. Unfortunately, many of the faith-based adoption agencies that serve these children are under threat from lawsuits or have had their licenses and contracts halted because they do not place children with same-sex couples due to their religious belief that a child should have a married mother and father. A majority of Americans believe we should ensure all adoption agencies can continue to serve children (58 percent) rather than forcing them to place children with gay or lesbian parents (42 percent). Nine in 10 agree the best way to help children in need is to maintain the diversity and number of agencies serving them.

Key Takeaways

89% agree: The best way to help kids is to draw from a wide range of adoptive families and agencies. Including faith-based agencies maintains diversity.

9 in 10 agree that adoptive and foster parents and birth mothers should have the freedom to choose agencies that share their values and offer spiritual support.

58% support making sure all adoption agencies can continue to serve families over requiring religious agencies to place children with gay or lesbian parents.

 

Messaging Themes:

  • Ensuring all adoption agencies can continue to serve families and children
  • Stressing the need for foster care and adoptive services—400,000 children nation-wide are waiting for foster care and children are increasingly at risk as a result of the opioid crisis
  • Supporting the needs and rights of prospective parents and birth mothers to choose an agency that fits them

 

 

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Elizabeth Fender
Elizabeth Fender

Manager, Marketing

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