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  8:32 pm
Commenter: James Cascione

Oppose new Virginia Social Service regulations

I agree 100% with the following judgment of the Virginia Catholic Conference: 

"The Virginia Catholic Conference has consistently opposed the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in discrimination-related legislation considered yearly by the General Assembly.  The basis for the Conference’s opposition is that sexual orientation is manifested through words or actions, and sometimes those words or actions could conflict with the mission, beliefs, and practices of organizations with certain deeply held convictions and religious beliefs regarding the institution of marriage, the family unit, and human sexuality.  This same rationale also undergirds our current opposition to 22VAC40-131-170B. Including “sexual orientation” and “family status” could force some agencies into a choice of whether to follow their own missions or to adhere to the law.  Forcing this choice is unacceptable because it violates the freedom of conscience and diversity of viewpoint upon which our pluralistic society is based.

It is also important to note that some agencies may currently have requirements for prospective adoptive parents regarding age,and may consider religion when making certain placements.   Where this is the case, the proposed 22VAC40-131-170B would force agencies to alter these practices as well.

In conclusion, faith-based agencies play a vital role in the fabric of our Commonwealth, and their right to carry out their mission in the services they provide must be respected and preserved."  Please do not enact 22VAC40-131-170B.  Thank you.  James Cascione  


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