Equality Arizona

Action Alert: Urge Gov. Brewer to veto SB 1188

By Sam Castañeda Holdren, MSW
April 12, 2011 @ 3:02 p.m.

Moments ago, the Arizona State Senate voted to give final approval to SB 1188, a bill that would create obstacles to placing children and youth in foster care with loving families. The bill now heads to Governor Brewer’s desk. SB 1188 mandates that the Arizona Department of Economic Security and adoption agencies give primary consideration to the placement of a child with a “married man and woman”.

Equality Arizona is opposed to SB 1188. Please take action now. Click here to contact Governor Brewer and ask her to veto SB 1188.

In a statement released today, EQAZ’s board chair explained why SB 1188 is a bad bill. He said:

“SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of a child when adoption decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, according to what’s in a child’s best interest.

“Experienced child health and social service authorities, not politicians, should make adoption decisions. Interference by politicians with bills like SB 1188 has the real potential of hurting children. Not only will SB 1188 have a chilling effect on single people coming forward to adopt children, it could result in a child being placed in a home that is not in their best interest.

“Children in foster care benefit from being placed in a safe, stable, loving, permanent home, including homes of single-parent families. Reading bedtime stories, making lunches, putting band-aids on skinned knees and allaying fears about monsters under the bed are all important, routine parental responsibilities that have a huge impact on the healthy development of a child. Social science research shows that a child’s healthy adjustment depends on the quality of the parenting and adequate financial resources‚ “which single, adoptive parents can and do provide.”

Please make your voice heard. Click here to contact the Governor today.

We will continue to work in partnership with child welfare advocates on this issue and bring you ongoing updates on this bill. Thank you for taking action today and for your continued support.