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  8:36 pm
Commenter: Janel Rose

Allow Faith based foster and child care agencies continue

The state should not be allowed to impose regulation that takes away the religious freedom in this country.  Christian foster parents are often desired and those wishing to give their child up for adoption will often choose a faith based adoption agency to ensure basic core beliefs will be allowed in the life of their child.  To take this option from birth parents is a travesty....The state should not be allowed to dictact the policies of the church and this is the separation those who came to this country long ago desired....they did not want the king to dictate church policy and the state should not be allowed to dictate the policies of private faith based organizations today...  My husband was given up for adoption through a faith based organizations and we know our faith today was the hope of that birth mother long ago....  To foster a child takes heart and a giving spirit...why force a foster parent to give up core beliefs and limit the availability of safe places for children to stay in times of crisis.... the proposed Virginia Administrative Code Section 22 VAC 40-131-170 is a perfect example of the state stepping over it's bounds in an attempt to govern the church.


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