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  4:52 pm
Commenter: Dana Christakos

Unfortunate changes to adoption agency licensing

Dear Town Hall Members:

My husband and I are in the process of adopting a baby through an faith based adoption agency in VA.  They emailed out the new proposed changes to the law there that would discriminate against religious organizations for their beliefs.  As an American, this is appalling to me.  If you don't agree with an agency's religious beliefs; use a different agency.  I want to use an agency that shares my values.  Don't take that away from me!  Don't infringe on my rights please!

These groups are doing a noble work and should be supported; not threatened with loss of licensing because they are religious.  That is disgraceful and unamerican! 

Thank you for your consideration.

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