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  5:59 pm
Commenter: Sofia Olkiewicz

I oppose 22 VAC 40 ? 131

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed legislation which would prohibit private adoption agencies from "discriminating" based on the licensee's moral charter.  As an adopted child, I know firsthand the benefit of being raised in a stable and caring environment where I was given an opportunity to learn from both a mother and a father. 

If this legislation were to go into affect, the outcome would most likely be that private/ religious adoption organizaitons would be forced to close as they would not wish to compromise their values, OR the values of the mothers who are trusting them to find a safe, loving and nurturing home for their children and the values of the families who are wishing to open their hearts and homes to these children. 

  This would also render the future of each of these children to become helpless wards of the state - a state already taxed to the LIMIT when it comes to burnt out social services & child welfare workers.And of course, there's the ever-tightening budget.  As a worker in the mental health field, I've seen first hand the alternatives disappearing for those seeking treatment of mental health and behavioral health issues- so WHERE does the state imagine they will procure the money to ADEQUATELY care for these little ones while actively processing documentation and paying for the manpower necessary to bring an adoption to successful completion?

Leave private adoption agencies alone-  continue to monitor for existing regulations as always, but THINK!

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