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  8:16 pm
Commenter: Gene Dwyer, small business owner

The proposed section 22 VAC 40-131-170 is a Bad Idea

This code section would have the consequence of forcing out of business religious foster care and adoption agencies out of business.

This will communicate a destructive message to the foster children, that somehow being a person of faith and convictions is a bad thing. and it will remove a significant portion of the already-too-few numbers of those who are willing to be foster parents.

In short, it will penalize the very children that the foster care system *should* be helping.

It will also institute a clear legislation of morality, unambiguouslyly breaching the "wall of separation between church and state".

This is a very bad idea.

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