NEW YORK (June 17, 2021) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement in response to the court case decision on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia:
“The Ms. Foundation for Women is disappointed to see the Fulton v. City of Philadelphia court case ruling due to its potential for allowing providers to discriminate and harm families.
“Ultimately, there are more than 500,000 children in our broken foster care system and it will be children and families of color who stand to suffer most of all. Children of color, especially LGBTQIA, African American, Latinx and Native American youth—have historically been, and continue to be, disproportionately involved in the child welfare system. Deeming someone ‘unfit’ to foster children based on who they love or which gender they identify with is absolutely ludicrous and it impacts the opportunities that foster children have in bettering their quality of life and building paths toward successful adulthood.
“With even a single case, such decisions allow the system to continue failing children and families by denying children the right to have caring, loving foster parents. There are no certainties under any administration and our constant vigilance is not only needed – it is required – to ensure that all are afforded the equality we deserve. The Ms. Foundation will always stand with grantee partners such as Young Women’s Freedom Center, Soul Sister Leadership Academy, Youth Breakout, Delores Bar Weaver Center, Girls for Gender Equity, and Truth Council to call out and fight any acts that attack human rights and prohibit anyone from leading full lives.“
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For over 45 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.