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  8:23 pm
Commenter: Virginia Resident

I Oppose Proposed Virginia Administrative Code section 22 VAC 40-131-170

The language in this proposed code attacks first admendment rights protecting freedom of  religion.  Adoption agencies that are operated by religious groups need to be able to continue their operations guided by their religious convictions.  Current law allows same-gender couples to adopt through other non-religious agencies.  The proposed language in this proposed code would effectively drive many Christian/religious agencies out of the adoption business (as it did in Massachusetts) and be a loss to many children and families.  The proposed language is an unnecessary attack on religious liberty. 

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