Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Rep. Rios wants to remove discriminatory language from foster/adoption statute

Rep. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27)

Rep. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), is championing  families and the vulnerable children in our state with a proposed amendment to SB 1102, which would remove discriminatory language in existing statutes that gives preference to married male-and-female couples in the foster and adoption systems. This can result in kids in care being removed from LGBT families once heterosexual couples are available. This disruption of placement wreaks havoc on crucial relationship development milestones; research shows that children in the foster care system and who experience multiple moves are at significant risk for poor outcomes.

It also results in long wait time for qualified LGBTQ families, which is simply unacceptable when right now children are sleeping in groups homes, shelters and DCS office floors - instead of safe, secure family settings with loving parents.

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