Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Action Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2011
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3/31/11  1:47 pm
Commenter: Mary Salmon, St. Andrew Pro-Life Committee Coordinator

Proposed licensing guidelines/standards for private child placing agencies

If the proposed licensing guidelines which include prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or family status is passed, the Catholic Charities entity of the Arlington Diocese will not be able to continue its life saving work of placing/adoption services. An agency such as Catholic Charities should be able to include in its screening process any teachings of the Church which would apply. These guidelines would essentially revoke freedom of religion rights to which all citizens of this nation are entitled. Please take into consideration the repercussions of affecting the closing or reduced service capabilities of the adoption and pregnancy services made available through such a valuable charitable institution as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the above.

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