Rights of families
Parents are in the best position to identify solutions to the challenges of their children and to make healthcare decisions involving their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. To ban legitimate care options, which no one is forced to utilize, is to subvert liberty in the service of an enforced worldview.
- Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.
- Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate. Others may simply desire guidance from a social worker to live a chaste life. In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions.
- A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.
- Because the proposed definition and ban cover all communication between a social worker and the client, there is a serious risk that children and families will lose the right to client "self-determination" in setting care goals (a core principle of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics).