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Department of Social Services
 
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State Board of Social Services
 
chapter
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 Ends 4/1/2011
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4/1/11  8:27 am
Commenter: Cynthia Laird

RE Proposed Reg 22 VAC-40-131-170
 

Private Adoption Agencies in VA

 
I am concerned with the following proposed language regarding private adoption agencies in VA:
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.
 
Listing “sexual orientation” and “family status” as protected classifications could force faith-based adoption service providers to act contrary to their religious beliefs and/or drive them out of providing adoption services.
In addition, a protected classification of “sexual orientation” has no support in federal law or in any enactment of the General Assembly.  Please do not allow this to go forward.


 

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