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  5:35 pm
Commenter: George L. Rork

Adoption Choice-Do not discriminate based solely on religious preferences.

I am writing in response to an article I read concerning revisions to the legal regulations that govern the licensing of adoption agencies in the state.  This article explained that faith-based agencies will be denied the right to provide services in accordance with their religious and moral beliefs.This issue hits very close to home for me as my sister gave a child up for adoption and the faith-based organization that assisted her was absolutely wonerful.

I am asking you to please protect the rights of these agencies and look at what is best for the child.  There are many loving individuals who are looking for a child to bring home and these agencies all offer different service.  Please allow this type of screening at particular agencies.  At a time when we need as many choices as possible, it would be disastrous to think that we would discriminate against an organization based solely on their religious beliefs.

Thank you for your time.

George L. Rork

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