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  1:12 pm
Commenter: Matthew Parowski

Opposition to Proposed Regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B)

Good afternoon,

I'm writing to express my opposition to the new proposal in regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) that sexual orientation be prohibited from being taken into consideration when placing children with prospective adoptive or foster parents.  While a person's sexual orientation alone should not be a deciding factor, this regulatory change would prohibit agencies (including faith-based agencies) from applying standards for family integrity that are in keeping with their fundamental religious values, particularly that a child has a right to a family with both a mother and a father. 

Adoption services -- particularly faith-based services -- should not be prohibited from taking such factors into account.


    -Matthew Parowski

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