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10/11/11  3:21 pm
Commenter: Fred Krohn, Vanishing Tower

Use common sense and the Constitution, not Charles Dickens, in adoption and fosterage cases

I am commenting on certain future prospective adoption and fosterage laws. Some of them are obviously illegal and discriminatory.

The best interests of the child should be the sole factor in deciding whether a child should be placed with a prospective foster care or adoptive parent or parents. Each case should consider the child and the prospective guardians, parents, or elders. It would be better to ignore such issues as skin colour, sexual partner gender preference, ethnic creed or group, claimed faith, and similar characteristics unless they are specifically bearing on the case. The child and the parent prospects should be judged by their interaction, not by the bias of an observer. State-licensed child placing agencies should not be allowed to discriminate against children or prospective parents based on race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and family status.

The State Board of Social Services should restore to the final version of the rules the protections against such discrimination included in the proposed rules. We're talking about and working with the results of our future citizens; voters, workers, and neighbours. Don't saddle them with the millstone of prejudice!

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