Faith-based organizations have been a cornerstone of the child welfare system for decades, with many modern agencies tracing their roots back over 100 years. While the government has increased its involvement in the caretaking of vulnerable children over the past several decades, states still rely heavily on faith-based agencies (FBAs). It is common for states to contract with private child welfare agencies—including FBAs—for services like foster care, adoption, and recruitment of foster and adoptive families. Many communities rely heavily on the contribution and work of FBAs. However, in some areas FBAs have been forced to discontinue their foster and adoption services due to regulations that would require them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.