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9/16/11  4:07 pm
Commenter: Erin Hansen

Safe, loving connections for children

I currently work with older youth in foster care and each day seek to fulfill the state's commitment to providing youth with safe, loving permanent connections. 

I would urge the Board to reflect upon the Children's Services System Practice Model, which I believe provides all the guidance they need in making a decision.  First and foremost is the belief that every child deserves a safe home.  To deny a child a placement with parents based solely on their sexual orientation is to deny them a safe, loving connection. 

By allowing state-licensed agencies to discriminate, regardless of their religious affiliations, the State has failed to uphold their vision for improving children's services.

Thank you for your conisderation on this crucial issue. 

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