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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4/1/11  1:05 pm
Commenter: Philip Quinan

Not serving the public interest

I believe the State of Virginia has the obligation to fully disclose the intent  of this action. I fully support Delegate Bob Marshall's questions as to the legitimacy of this action and demand the Department of Social Services respond by showing justification on the following terms:

  1. Their legal authority to require agencies to accept applicants whose sexual orientation behavior may include grounds for divorce from the bond of matrimony (VA Code § 20-91);
  2. Their legal authority to add "sexual orientation" to the Commonwealth’s discrimination statutes;
  3. Their legal authority to compel compliance by adoption agencies, whether or not faith-based, to process applicants whose behavior is rejected as immoral by the Old and New Testaments;
  4. Proof that this new policy complies with Virginia Supreme Court decisions;
  5. Peer review social science and other literature and research including longitudinal or long term research explaining why children should be placed for adoption by persons regardless of their sexual orientation.
  6. Economic impact on state revenues should faith-based adoption agencies suspend their adoption programs because of policies they consider immoral, unethical or harmful to the development and welfare of children.


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