Refusing placements to LGB people can have economic impact

May 20, 2015
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Topic_TX-FL-MI_adoption_2State 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.

hdX4VmaL_400x400  In Texas, barriers to adoption put approximately $3.3 million in cost savings in jeopardy

hdX4VmaL_400x400  In Michigan, barriers to adoption put approximately $1.3 million in cost savings in jeopardy

hdX4VmaL_400x400  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.

Read more about family building by LGB peopledemographics of LGBT parents, and early bonding experiences of same-sex couples and their adopted children.

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State Adopted Children Foster Children Cost Savings
Texas 10,600 520 $3.3 million
Florida 2,460 160 $1.0 million
Michigan 3,460 250 $1.3 million
By: Taylor Brown