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  8:41 am
Commenter: Gerri Laird

Opposition to sexual orientation and family status for licensing adoption agencies (corrected copy)
This is a resubmission of a comment that I provided yesterday.  The previous comment had an additional sentence added to it which I did not provide indicating that I was in favor of allowing the regulations to move forward.  I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF MOVING THE REGULATIONS FORWARD.  Here is my corrected comment:
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.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this coment.
Gerri Laird
Lorton, VA
CommentID: 16483