Action Alert

Support pro-child legislation in Alabama!

Take action to support Alabama bill requiring religious child care centers to follow basic standards.

A sensible bill that would put a stop to unchecked child abuse and neglect in religious child care centers was introduced to the Alabama House on the first day of the 2018 legislative session.

Currently, faith-based child care centers in Alabama do not have to comply with the basic standards that secular centers must follow. House Bill 76 would remove this dangerous exemption. The same bill gained some traction in 2017, passing in the Alabama House, but ultimately failed to pass through the Senate due in part to vigorous opposition by some conservative religious groups.


Please contact your representatives in both houses of the Alabama legislature and urge them to support this commonsensical bill. The bill is currently before the Alabama House, but its fate will likely depend on the Senate.

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Alabama allows faith-based child care centers to operate with less oversight than in any other state in the country. This senseless free pass for religious centers has produced a trend of systematic child abuse and neglect. Often, when regulators have identified severe problems at secular centers and shut them down, those dangerous centers have rebranded themselves as faith-based child care centers "just days after" being shut down, according to Reveal News. This loophole has allowed them to continue their old ways without any oversight.

In one twisted case, a woman operated at least a dozen Christian day care centers across Southern Alabama, despite regular complaints of abuse and neglect, as well as arrests for child endangerment and failing to pay employees. But the state is currently unable to stop her, or other individuals, from setting up regulation-free centers in the same way.

Conservative Christian groups successfully fought against the same bill last year, arguing that bill "removes religious liberty protections." But religious liberty does not create a right to abuse or neglect children. When Alabama parents send their children to a day care center, they should be confident that the center will meet at least basic health and safety standards, regardless of who runs the center.

The state's duty to protect its young citizens should not be subject to a recklessly mindless religious exception. Please call or email your representatives and urge them to support HB 76.


Child care center bill introduced on short first day of session 

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