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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3/30/11  7:45 pm
Commenter: Harriett Hanke, America World Adoption Association

re: Faith-based adoption agencies

In our United States of America, religious freedom should mean that a faith-based organization can pursue a ministry of adoption. Within that ministry of adoption, the faith organization has the responsibility of establishing acceptable standards for families who wish to adopt based on the values of the faith based organization. Currently, families have a choice to use the state or non-faith based organization if they do not wish to be limited by the standards of the faith-based organization. Virginia, as well as the rest of the United States needs to continue to offer the option of using faith or non-faith based organizations in which to adopt their children. This would continue to be a hallmark of our religious freedeom! 

I am very proud of America World Adoption and the superior standards we use to place children in outstanding homes! We, to date, have placed over 3,000 precious children and they are thriving with these families. Please carefully consider what it means to offer religious freedeom in our Commonwealth.  Thank you! Harriett Hanke


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