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  7:06 pm
Commenter: Emily Weyrich

I OPPOSE this regulation.

I am writing to you today to request that you NOT approve the proposed Social Service Adoption Standards.  These standards as proposed would force closure of the Catholic Charities Adoption Services and other similar religious adoption service programs.  By forcing the closure of these faith-based adoption services, the Department of Social Services would directly hurt those that it is entrusted to serve.  Furthermore, these proposed standards are in direct CONFLICT with the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.  Again, please do NOT approve the proposed Social Service Adoption Standards.

With concern,

Emily Weyrich

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