Refusing placements to LGB people can have economic impact
State legislatures in Texas, Michigan, and Florida have recently considered bills that prohibit their state governments from taking actions against child-placing agencies that discriminate against LGB adults and same-sex couples seeking to adopt and foster children.
Permanency is an important goal for foster children. Those who are adopted have better mental, physical, and educational outcomes. These bills have the potential to keep children in foster care longer.
The Williams Institute estimates that LGB adults and same-sex couples in these three states have adopted thousands of children and are currently fostering hundreds of other children. Legislation that could be used to refuse placements to LGB adults and same-sex couples could result in fewer children being adopted, including these foster children currently living in LGB families. Cost savings associated with placing these children with adoptive families are put at risk.
State governments spend significant resources keeping foster children safe and healthy. Each year these expenditures total approximately $15,500 per child. The Williams Institute estimates that if children in foster care were adopted by their LGB foster parents today, these states could save millions of dollars.
In Texas, barriers to adoption put approximately $3.3 million in cost savings in jeopardy
In Michigan, barriers to adoption put approximately $1.3 million in cost savings in jeopardy
In Florida, barriers to adoption put approximately $1 million in cost savings in jeopardy
Additional federal incentives totaling in the tens of millions would also be in jeopardy.
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