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  10:15 pm
Commenter: JJ Cole, MSW, ACSW Family Life Services

In opposition to 22VAC 40-131-170
I am writing on behalf of Family Life Services Infant Adoption Agency which is a faith based adoption service provider. Our agency is opposed to the Proposed Virginia Administrative Code section 22VAC 40-131-170, which would add the following language to the “Program Statement” section of the Standards for Licensed Child-Placing Agencies:
B.            The licensee shall prohibit acts of discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status to :
                1. Delay or deny a child’s placement; or
                2. Deny an individual the opportunity to apply to become a foster or adoptive parent.
We urge DSS to reject this proposed regulation or alter the wording to protect private faith-based organizations.   We do not support the wording: “sexual orientation or family status”. There is no justification for requiring private entities to act in a manner contrary to their beliefs. 
CommentID: 17285