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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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10/11/11  12:21 am
Commenter: Cathy Tankersley

Religious Freedom

While the missions of several child-placing agencies are expressly faith-based, that faith basis directly serves Virginia’s public policy in reflecting the universal understanding that, ideally, children need both a mother and a father.  Therefore, Virginia should not burden these agencies with any regulations with threaten their ability to find children homes with loving mothers and fathers.”  Nimocks goes on to make the case that the history of adoption laws in Virginia and the nation shows that their purpose is to imitate the natural family.  It is in the best interest of children to be place with both a mom and a dad. The proposed regulation would both discriminate against faith-based ministries and deny children their best hope and opportunity. In Virginia, individual homosexuals can already adopt and there are public and private agencies that facilitate those adoptions.  Adding discriminatory language to the regulations would not increase the number of children being adopted into homes, it would decrease it by forcing the majority of private child placement agencies, which are sectarian, to cease fulfilling their mission or violate their faith.  This would not help children but place them at risk. This proposed regulation also places undue restrictions on birthmothers and consequently adoption agencies.  Within the confines of an adoption conducted through a private agency, a birthmother is due the freedom to choose an adoptive parent of the same religious convictions so that her child may be raised accordingly.  Consequently, private adoption agencies are deserving of the ability to screen adoptive parents based on the agency’s beliefs or the beliefs of their birthmothers.

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