I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed adoption regulations:
There is no evidence that gender, national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status has anything to do with the fitness of a prospective parent to care for a child.
More adoptive parents are always needed, but discrimination eliminates many stable, loving individuals from the pool of adoptive parents.
Screening prospective adoptive parents and placing children is a fundamentally governmental function. Private agencies should not be allowed to discriminate when they are acting for the state.