June 26, 2020

Trump Signs Executive Order to Improve Foster Care and Adoption

On June 24, President Trump signed an executive order titled the “Historic Child Welfare Executive Order” to help foster and adoptive parents. This is an important win for pro-life advocates since adoption is one of the major alternatives to abortion that pregnant mothers can consider.

The Health and Human Services press release mentions three specific ways that the order is designed to improve the foster care and adoption systems in the United States. It aims to create and strengthen partnerships between state government agencies and private, public, and faith-based organizations;  improve the resources given to caregivers and the children they care for; and improve federal oversight over key statutory child welfare requirements.

“‘President Trump’s executive order demonstrates how his administration has prioritized placing each of America’s foster kids with the loving, permanent family they deserve,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. “Since the President took office, we have focused on promoting adoption unlike any previous administration, and we’ve begun to see results.”