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 Ends 4/1/2011
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
4/1/11  11:21 pm
Commenter: Lin Barrett

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

If an agency is providing loving parents to children who are not being shown love, why are you trying to force them into going against their religious beliefs.   People in this country should be allowed their religious choice.  There are plenty of other adoption and foster care agencies that adhere to different beliefs that people who disagree with the preferences of a particular agency can go to for adoption.

Don't hurt needy children by driving religious foster care and adoption agencies out of business. If an agency provides good parents for children, they should be embraced, not rejected by the state of Virginia.

The message of exclusion you will send to children with strong religious identities, as well as to potential foster and adoptive parents is unconscionable and destructive.

The state of Virginia Social Services has no right to impose this strange new morality on other people, to the detriment of the neediest children in our state.

Thank you.

CommentID: 17369