The Commonwealth's sole interest in deciding on adoptions and locations of fostering must be the best interests of the child. Most recent studies have shown that two adult households provide the most capable and supportive homes for children regardless of whether the adults are married, unmaried, siblings, etc., and regardless of the adults sex or gender.
The preference should be given to two parent households that provide loving environments to Virginia's too often un cared for children.
State licenced child placement agencies should not be allowed to discriminate against children or prospective parents or guardians based on race, national origin, age, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, disability or sexual orientation.
The State Board of Social Services should restore the protections against such discrimination to the final rule.