Children in foster care need more opportunities to find forever homes, not fewer. But state and local governments are taking actions that strip away those opportunities for kids. They are demanding that faith-based child welfare providers—who are often among the most effective at recruiting and training families to foster or adopt children in need—forfeit their religious convictions in order to continue helping children find homes.
Because of the increasing threats to faith-based providers that undermine the goal to help as many kids as possible find a forever home, several state legislatures have enacted laws that protect the ability of these providers to continue to serve kids and families in the state. Child welfare provider laws ensure valuable providers remain available to serve the most vulnerable in our midst.
Child welfare providers across the country, like those providing adoption and foster care services, are either closing their doors or facing lawsuits. Many who continue providing services are forced to shed their religious identity and convictions. Why? Several states have passed or introduced laws that threaten faith-based child welfare providers by revoking licenses, denying funding, or otherwise disqualifying them from contracting with the state unless they compromise their religious or moral convictions.
May 23, 2018
When governments threaten to shut down faith-based adoption and foster care providers, kids are the ones who suffer. Unfortunately, activist groups are targeting faith-based agencies in Michigan, Texas, and Pennsylvania. If they succeed, children will bear the cost, as states will be left with fewer partners to address the influx of children into the child welfare system due to the opioid epidemic. Our country needs as many agencies as possible to meet the needs of America’s children.
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