|Action||Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/1/2011|
I believe the proposed regulation by the Virginia Department of Social Services, by adding "sexual orientation" to the text, causes a great violation of our constitutional right to religious freedom and would basically cause a catastrophic end to all Faith based adoption programs who believe that same-sex relationships are immoral and therefore inappropriate places in which to place children for adoption.
This will ultimately adversely impact thousands of children and families as faith based adoption organizations will have to close their doors.
I would urge that the time period be extended for public comment and that the points of Delegate Bob Marshall be considered, i.e. the Virginia Department of Social Services must be able to provide the "burden of proof" in response to the following points before such regulations are adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia: