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  4:34 pm
Commenter: Henry R. Dubois, Fairfax County Registered Voter

Opposition to proposed language of 22 VAC 40-131-170(B)

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the proposed changes to 22 VAC 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.

I am opposed to these proposed changes for the same reasons expressed by Mr. Art Bennett, President & CEO Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, in his comment (16511) dated 4/1/11 on this subject.

Additionally, in view of the lack of media coverage of this proposal, public interest in this matter, and the very limited amount of time allowed for public comment, I strongly recommend that the public comment period be extended.







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