Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/17/19  7:20 pm
Commenter: William and Christine Elliott

Continue to permit options for parents and their children

Parents, starting at the birth of their children, are there to raise and nurture them and live along side them as they face life’s questions.  This includes identifying solutions and making healthcare decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of their children.

Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.

Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate. Others may simply desire counseling to live a chaste life.  In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions.

A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith. 

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