Posts Tagged:adoption

Lawmakers introduce legislation to make adoption more affordable for families

Three senators, led by Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan bill to make adoption more affordable for families across the country. Blunt, Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, legislation that makes the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. In a news release Monday, the three lawmakers…Read More

Judge: Catholic Agency Must Adopt to Same-sex Couples

A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia. The Catholic agency’s leadership testified in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that doing…Read More

House Committee Moves to Protect Faith-based Adoption

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday. The committee adopted an amendment to an upcoming funding bill that would preserve federal funding for agencies who do not want to place children with same-sex couples. The amendment was introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL).…Read More

Oklahoma Bishops Praise Protections for Adoption Agencies

With the signing of a bill preserving the religious freedom of adoption agencies in Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin drew praise from the state’s Catholic bishops. “We are grateful for Gov. Fallin’s support of religious liberty in Oklahoma. The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue…Read More

Faith-Adoption Protection Bill Wins Huge Vote, But…

Sen. Greg Treat’s SB1140, designed to create legal protections for faith-based adoption agencies, won a huge victory on Thursday when it advanced out from the full House with an overwhelming 60-26 vote. House author Rep. Travis Dunlap (R-Bartlesville) presented and defended the bill against relentless attacks from opponents. Unfortunately, the bill was passed with an…Read More

Faith-Based Adoption Protection Bill Wins Key Victory

Sen. Greg Treat’s SB1140, designed to create legal protections for faith-based adoption agencies, won a huge victory on Thursday when it advanced out of the House Judiciary committee with an overwhelming 13-6 vote. House author Rep. Travis Dunlap (R-Bartlesville) presented and defended the bill against aggressive attacks from opponents. After one of the bill’s lead…Read More