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  9:11 am
Commenter: Mandy Maddox

Adoption Rights

Good morning,

I am writing in response to an article I read concerning revisions to the legal regulations that govern the licensing of adoption agencies in the state.  This article explained that faith-based agencies will be denied the right to provide services in accordance with their religious and moral beliefs.This issue hits very close to home for me as my sister and brother-in-law are currently in the adoption process and waiting to bring their little boy home. 

I am asking you to please protect the rights of these agencies and look at what is best for the child.  There are many loving individuals who are looking for a child to bring home and these agencies all offer different service.  Please allow this type of screening at particular agencies.  Please let me know if there is any more I can do.  This saddens me and I hate to see this option taken away from a child.

Thank you for your time.

Mandy Maddox

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