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  10:41 pm
Commenter: Sylvia Lue Chase

Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience need to be preserved

It is unthinkable that private adoption agencies should be regulated to adopt out children against their conscience and/or religious convictions.  Religious organizations do much good in helping those in need. Why would you think to exclude them based on their religious convictions from helping those in need? Please modify your wording to protect religious organizations and those whose conscience prohibits them from adopting out children to same sex couples or others they may feel inappropriate.

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