Opposition to current guidance documents on counseling
As a community volunteer who advocates for children in Henrico County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and works alongside DSS, I oppose the suggested changes to the social workers regulations as these changes would:
1. Deny patients with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion to receive the necessary counseling they seek to overcome their feelings. Not all minors wish to have same-sex attraction or change their gender identity. If "conversion therapy" is banned, no one will be able to help these children.
2. Deny social workers their first-amendment right to free speech to help those who want counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. Good social workers are hard to find and retain considering their low wages, high stress, and never-ending caseloads. This ban would limit the potential pool of social workers.
3. Prevent parents/guardians from seeking the support services for their child as they deem best. This ban denies parents/guardians their God-given right to raise their children as they deem appropriate, and it fails to allow parents to act in the best interest of the child.
Thank you for your consideration.