I am a foster parent for Arlington County. The children I have cared for want to be in a traditional family. They often choose to call me "Mom." There are more than enough traditional households in Virginia to care for our children. Forcing agencies to place the children with LGBT households is a political move, and is not needed.
On April 20, the State Board of Social Services correctly upheld the fundamental right of faith-based agencies to continue their great work without governmental intrusion into the practice of their faith.
Faith-based agencies have a right, under federal and state law, to make decisions that are consistent with their religious beliefs, including their beliefs about marriage and family life. This right must be respected and preserved.
Many birthparents and prospective adoptive parents hold these beliefs as well, and they have every right to work with agencies that share their values.
Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the law would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.
Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.