Editorial: Oklahoma needs more, not fewer agencies helping kids

OKLAHOMA has long struggled to place abused and neglected children in foster homes and facilitate adoptions, so it makes no sense to reduce the number of entities providing those services. Yet some activists appear willing to sacrifice the future of many needy children rather than allow them to be placed in homes by religious organizations holding to traditional Christian teachings on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Legislation filed this year would ensure such private organizations are not prohibited by state law from aiding in foster care and adoptive placements. Senate Bill 1140, by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, states, “To the extent allowed by federal law, no private child-placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

Some activists deride this as discrimination against LGBTQ couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples. But those couples could still adopt or foster children in Oklahoma. They would simply need to use another provider, and such providers are available. That’s not much of a hardship.

On the other hand, true hardship will be created if a measure like SB 1140 is not approved — and needy children, not adults, will be the ones to endure it.

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