How should Christians respond to children in need? Dr. Sharen Ford of Focus on the Family says the Body of Christ needs to stand up and that we are called to be a father to the fatherless.

November is Adoption and Foster Care Month! This month, we reflect on the children in need of a loving home and take action to do our part in caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Join us live today to wrap up Adoption and Foster Care Month as Craig DeRoche, CEO of Family Policy Alliance, sits down with Dr. Sharen Ford, Director for Foster Care and Adoption at Focus on the Family. Dr. Ford discusses why Christians in particular are called to action in this area, and how there are many ways we can care for the children in our communities.

Watch on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or below.

November 30, 2022 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00pm CT / 1:00pm ET

Dr. Ford has dedicated her professional career to foster care and adoption services. She spent 30 years in the Division of Child Welfare Services at the Colorado Department of Human Services. She is the former President of the National Association of State Adoption Programs and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on Adoption Medical Assistance, and currently serves as the Director for Foster Care and Adoption at Focus on the Family.

See you soon,

Emma Rarden
Communications Specialist – Producer

Thank you to all who have been calling on your Senators to STOP the harmful same-sex marriage bill being fast-tracked in the Senate!

In case you haven’t heard, last night the Senate voted to move forward a version of the bill that claims to protect religious freedom for faith-based organizations, but those “protections” are fig leaves at best.

To be clear, that means that the Senate is advancing, at Christmastime, a bill that will target for punishment by the government any charity, ministry, school, or other faith-based organization that believes marriage is the union between one man and one woman.

Merry Christmas from the Schumer Senate.

Thankfully, three brave and bold Senators are working to provide real protection for faith-based ministries.

Senator Mike Lee (R—UT) is working to amend the bill and provide truly robust religious freedom protections. If Senators actually care about prohibiting the government from discriminating against people of faith, they should pass Senator Lee’s amendment.

Tell your Senators to support Senator Lee’s amendment & now.

Senator Lankford (R—OK) is working to amend the bill to limit the harm to faith-based organizations by ensuring that any ministry that partners with the government to provide services (such as faith-based adoption and foster care) will not be targeted.

Tell your Senators to support Senator Lankford’s amendment now.

Senator Rubio (R—FL) is working to amend the bill to prevent activists from burying faith-based ministries in costly litigation to defend their right to believe in marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Suing ministries out of existence seems to be the intent of the sponsors of the same-sex marriage bill without adding this amendment.

Tell your Senators to support Senator Rubio’s amendment now.

Senators will vote on the Lee, Lankford and Rubio amendments tonight and then take a vote on the bill as a whole. That means Senators have a chance to add real religious freedom protections (which must include all of these amendments) and vote against the entire bill.

Tell your Senator to support the religious freedom amendments and oppose this bill!

Here’s our recap of the biggest concerns in the bill:

Please take action today. Today looks to be the last day Senators will have to stop this bill and protect religious freedom. Even if you’ve already contacted your senators about this, they desperately need to hear from you. They will take votes on the religious freedom amendments and the bill itself as early as 3:45PM Eastern TODAY.

Today’s likely the last day to raise your voice in the Senate – be sure to take action now!

For marriage as God designed and for religious freedom,

Autumn Leva,
Sr. Vice President, Strategy

P.S. The Schumer Senate is targeting ministries for punishment at Christmastime. Please help us stop them today!

 



We all may still be eating turkey leftovers, but today Chuck Schumer’s Senate returns to DC where they plan to restart—and take the next vote on—the same-sex marriage bill.

It is stunning to think that with the many real issues concerning American families, this bill that codifies the Obergefell definition of same-sex marriage into federal law, opens the door to legal polygamy, and paints a target on the backs of faith-based charities during the holidays is what Schumer’s Senate is choosing to prioritize. We surveyed social conservative voters earlier this month, and the number one issue for families was inflation and the economy. The Schumer Senate decision to prioritize this bill reveals the depth of the tone-deaf problem in Washington D.C.

Tell your Senator to oppose this bill!

Here’s our recap of the biggest concerns in the bill:

In addition to targeting charities and ministries around the holidays, Sen. Schumer is pushing forward this bill as a major case heads to the Supreme Court in early December. Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are defending small business owner Lorie Smith, owner of 303 Creative in Colorado. Lorie designs websites for her clients, but the same Colorado government that targeted cake artist Jack Phillips now seeks to punish her for designing only those websites that celebrate weddings consistent with her religious beliefs.

If Sen. Schumer gets his way with this bill, the full weight of the federal government could be used to punish Lorie and every other business or ministry like hers.

Please take action today. As the Senate returns from Thanksgiving, they desperately need to hear from you urging them to oppose the bill—and calling on them to tell Senator Schumer to stop this harmful bill from being made top priority.

We only have a few days to stop this bill during the lame duck session—be sure to take action now!

Thank you!

Autumn Leva,
Sr. VP, Strategy



Thanksgiving blessings from the Family Policy Alliance and Family Policy Foundation family to yours!

There is no doubt, 2022 has been a challenging and turbulent time in our nation. A time when it is easy to be frustrated by failures and losses that the media and our leaders dwell upon. But for us, today is a time to be thankful. We pray you have the opportunity this Thanksgiving to reflect on God’s goodness and the endless blessings our Lord has bestowed on all of us.

FPA and FPF are beyond thankful for the huge steps forward we took for our Mission this year, and the opportunities we now have today and for the coming years. We thank God for the historic overturn of Roe v. Wade, conservatives gaining control of the House of Representatives to serve as goalies blocking the worst of DC’s wokeism, the growing Statesman Academy for elected leaders, and the introduction and facilitation of the new School Board Academy.  We are thankful that abortion is already greatly curtailed in 12 states, and hope to gain several more in the coming year.. We are grateful that we won more school board seats in this election than we have ever seen, even in the blue states.

Most of all, we are thankful to you and the thousands of supporters and allies across the country working to advance God-honoring policies. Without your support, we wouldn’t have the chance to serve the Lord in our Mission as we do. You are the one who makes our work possible in support of the alliances we serve in DC and in forty states. You supported our education programs for elected officials so they can stand with their values in public office. You shaped national policy with campaigns like Save Girls Sports, Help Not Harm, and AfterRoe. We are so grateful to you. Thank you!

Thank you for your prayers, support, advocacy, and willingness to fight for what is right!

Please keep us in your prayers and please consider a special prayer that the impending marriage bill in the Senate is not moved forward. We are both praying and doing all we can, even this weekend, to preserve, protect and honor marriage in America.

God bless you and keep you this Thanksgiving!

Craig DeRoche
President & CEO

We’re going LIVE with The Heritage Foundation to discuss

BREAKING: The U.S. Senate just advanced a bill that, if it becomes law, will codify the Supreme Court’s definition of marriage in Obergefell into federal law. That carries with it significant concerns for faith-based individuals and entities. 62 Senators voted in favor of advancing it (37 opposed).

We’re going LIVE soon with Eric Teetsel, Vice President for Government Affairs at The Heritage Foundation, to break down what this could mean for families around our nation. Please join us if you can and send this invitation to any friends who want to understand the significance of what just happened. Come with your questions and ask them live in the comments section!

Join us TONIGHT at approximately 7:30 pm ET (6:30 CT / 5:30 MT / 4:30 PT). Click on the picture to join on Facebook:

Not on Facebook? Join us on YouTube, Twitter, or watch below.

In the words of our CEO Craig DeRoche, “Silencing Americans: that’s what the Senate has attempted to do today…And he convinced 12 weak-kneed Republicans to go along with him. … Senator Schumer may be poised to declare victory. But dissenting Americans – indeed, many millions of Americans – will continue to abide by their strongly held religious convictions.” You can read his full statement here.

Join us this evening to learn more about what this could mean for you and your family. We hope to see you soon!

Meridian Baldacci
Director, Strategy

 

 

All the results still aren’t in from the election, but Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Senate is already continuing its woke agenda during the “lame duck” session before January 3rd.

TODAY Sen. Schumer moved forward the fast-tracked same-sex marriage bill that would go even further than the 2015 Obergefell Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday, and they likely have the votes to pass it (overcoming the filibuster) unless enough of our pro-family voices intervene!

It’s incredibly insulting to families that with all the challenges they face—inflation, for example, was the top response in our recent survey and straw poll—this bill is what the Senate is choosing to prioritize.

If passed in the Senate, the same-sex marriage bill will have many, if not all, of these consequences, depending on what version of the bill they decide to move forward:

Tell your Senators to VOTE NO on any version of the same-sex marriage bill!

If Democrats can get 10 Republicans to support this D.C. takeover of marriage, the bill will pass. In fact, a bipartisan group of Senators has been working on amendment language that claims to fix the religious freedom concerns, but their “compromise” does nothing substantive to address the very real threats to religious freedom in the bill.

Democrat leadership wants the American people to bow to the LGBT ideology and they are scaring Republicans into submission. And while political correctness serenades Congress, it’s up to Americans to speak the truth to Congress.

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court invented a “right” to same-sex marriage, completely redefining this institution established by God and given special importance in our law. Like Roe v. Wade, this ruling was egregiously wrong. But the Court at least recognized that Americans could disagree on the issue reasonably.  Sadly, this new same-sex marriage bill seeks to squelch out any disagreement, forcing everyone in the nation to adhere to woke D.C.’s beliefs about marriage.

Americans know the truth: marriage is between one man and one woman. Americans also know that, when possible, children deserve the chance to be raised with both a mother and a father. And, Americans know that our country was founded so that religious freedom—and the right to disagree without fear of government punishment—could thrive.

Courage is contagious. Contact your Senator and tell them to VOTE NO on the same-sex marriage bill.



Autumn Leva,
Senior VP, Strategy



After nearly two long years of President Biden’s woke agenda, and with the midterms just around the corner, conservatives are wondering: what comes next? What’s going to happen on the issues that matter most?

There’s no one better equipped to answer those questions than Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03). A longtime conservative leader, Congressman Banks leads the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in Congress. And, he’s making a bid for even higher leadership next year.

JOIN US TODAY for a conversation with Rep. Banks about all this and more. Click the image below to join on Facebook, or keep reading for other ways to join the conversation.

What’s Next for Conservatives?
A Conversation with Rep. Jim Banks

October 20, 2022
12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT / 10:00 am MT / 9:00 am PT

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WATCH as Rep. Banks joins Family Policy Alliance CEO and President Craig DeRoche to discuss all things elections, the new conservative movement, and what to expect in the near future! There may be lots of work in the coming years, but Banks is optimistic conservatives will be successful.

Congressman Jim Banks is a known conservative voice and a top contender for the Republican Whip in the next Congress. A distinguished graduate of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy, Banks has led in Congress since he was first elected in 2016. Prior to his time in Washington, Rep. Banks served in the Indiana State Senate from 2010 to 2016, where he led the charge on many significant pro-family reforms. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Banks also served in Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015.

Don’t miss this critical conversation!. We’re streaming on Facebook, YouTube and on our website!

We can’t wait to see you soon!

Blessings,

Emma Rarden
Communications Specialist – Producer

 

P.S. Speaking of what comes next for conservatives, who do you want to be the next President? You can let us know by taking the first ever straw poll for social conservatives! Click here to share your opinion.

 

Parents asked, we listened: Training changemakers in our schools

FPF to launch nation’s first biblically based school board training

It’s not hard to see that our public schools need help.

From pandemic shutdowns that allowed parents to see concerning curriculum and ideology in their children’s classrooms, to the “new normal” of boys playing on girls’ sports teams, to students being encouraged to “socially transition” their gender without parental knowledge (much less consent), we all know our schools need better leadership.

We’ve heard from anguished parents and grandparents from across the country—and even school board members themselves—all asking for help. And we’ve listened!

That’s why Family Policy Foundation is launching the School Board Academy this December – the first national training program for pro-family school board members that will be taught from a biblical worldview. The virtual program will include training in:

We have a relevant and readily applicable curriculum, plus a highly capable faculty of veteran school board members and national policy experts, but we need your help to fill the seats of our first class. The inaugural School Board Academy will meet online Dec. 13-15, 2022, from 7-9:30 p.m. ET. All pro-family school board members and candidates are welcome to apply, however, space is limited.

If you know a school board member or candidate, or if you meet that criteria yourself, please invite them to apply here. The cost of $179 per student covers 7.5 hours of training as well as membership to the School Board Exchange, which provides ongoing community and resources to those who have graduated from the School Board Academy.

If you don’t know a school board member personally, you can still get involved and help turn our schools around by providing scholarships for those who need assistance to attend. To sponsor a school board member or support the School Board Academy in another way, visit here.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the School Board Academy webpage with your family, friends, church, and neighbors. With your support, we will equip and empower school board members to honor God, protect children, and preserve parents’ rights through their service.

Thank you for partnering with us!

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education
Family Policy Foundation

Your daughter says she wants to “transition” to living as a boy. As a wise and loving parent, you graciously but firmly say “no.”

What happens next?

If a new bill becomes law in California, your daughter could flee to California and seek transgender drugs and surgery, getting court protection to do so – all without your consent.

According to California Family Council (our state ally leading the charge against this bill):

“Senator Scott Wiener’s bill, SB 107, would empower California courts to take ‘temporary emergency jurisdiction’ of children if they come to California for trans-drugs, surgery, or mental healthcare. The bill calls these treatments ‘gender-affirming care.’

Courts would also be instructed to ignore the fact that a child has been kidnapped from the parent or parents with legal custody, if the minor comes to the state for gender transitioning.”

All that stands between now and that reality? A governor’s signature. This is a serious threat to parental rights and to the well-being of struggling children across America.

Please sign our open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom NOW asking him to veto this bill! This is not just a California issue—this is a parents’ issue and this is a child protection issue.

Many times we hear about radical anti-family policies advancing in California. The rest of the nation breathes a sigh of relief that they don’t live in California. Maybe they even live in Arkansas, the first state to bravely stand in the gap for children and prohibit “transitioning” on minors. But if this bill passes in California, it won’t matter where we live. California is brazenly attempting to insert its radical policies into the rest of the nation—even rubber-stamping the kidnapping of your kids for the purpose of dangerous gender transition to do it.

Governor Newsom could sign this any day – time is working against us.

Sign onto our letter NOW – it takes less than a minute, and this is a critical threat to parental rights!

Standing with you,

Craig DeRoche
CEO and President

 

 

 

 

 

A daughter in Arkansas says she wants to “transition” to living as a boy. Her wise and loving parents graciously but firmly say “no.”

What happens next?

If a new bill becomes law in California, that daughter could seek transgender drugs and surgery, getting court protection to do so – all without her parents’ consent.

According to California Family Council (our state ally leading the charge against this bill):

“Senator Scott Wiener’s bill, SB 107, would empower California courts to take ‘temporary emergency jurisdiction’ of children if they come to California for trans-drugs, surgery, or mental healthcare. The bill calls these treatments ‘gender-affirming care.’

Courts would also be instructed to ignore the fact that a child has been kidnapped from the parent or parents with legal custody, if the minor comes to the state for gender transitioning.”

This is a serious threat to parental rights and children’s health and well-being in every state. All that stands between now and that becoming a reality? Our governor’s signature.

Please send a message to California Governor Gavin Newsom NOW and ask him to veto this bill!

Our legislature is determined to make California a gender transition orphanage for the rest of the country—stripping parents in other states of their rightful and protective custody of their children.

Governor Newsom could sign this dangerous bill any day – time is working against us.

Send your message NOW using the form below. It takes less than a minute, and this is a critical threat to parental rights!

Standing with you,

Craig DeRoche
CEO and President