Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Social Services
 
Board
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
spacer
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
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. 

CommentID: 17130