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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3/31/11  9:28 am
Commenter: Bill Shirley

Regulation of Private Christiam Adoptive Agencies

I am writing to express opposition to the proposed Virginia Social Services regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170 (B).  It requires a Licensed Private Child Placing Agency to accept any individual who applies to become a foster or adoptive parent regardless of whether that individual shares the agency's religiious and moral beliefs.

Agencies that do not comply would be in danger of losing their license.  This is a clear violation of the First Amendment provision that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Let's stand for freedom.

Bill Shirley


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