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  8:13 pm
Commenter: Kate Higbee

Opposition to proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B)

Dear Sir or Ma'am,

I would like to go on record in opposition to proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B).   Art Bennett (President & CEO Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington) thoroughly catalogues the issues with the proposed changes.  Please consider his points carefully.

In my own words, I believe that the proposed changes would run roughshod over prudent concerns regarding the welfare of a child.  Study after study validates the conclusion that children thrive best in a traditional two-parent household.  This language makes children into fodder for a sociological experiment that is reckless at best and reprehensible at worst. 

I would like to reiterate my strong opposition to the proposed language of 22 VAC 40-131-170(B).  Do not pass this language.  Please feel free to contact me if you require any clarification.


Kate Higbee

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