Bishops Support Measure to Protect Faith-Based Foster Agencies

Three U.S. Bishops Conference chairmen on March 15 gave their support for First Amendment protections for faith-based foster care and adoption providers with legislation introduced that aims to ensure those institutions continue to receive funding.

The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021 would prevent both the federal and state governments from taking action against a child welfare services provider that refuses to provide its service in a manner that violates its religious or moral principles.

In a letter of support to Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who have introduced identical bills in their respective chambers last week, the chairmen noted that in states that include Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Philadelphia and New York some providers “have been excluded from carrying out adoption and foster care services because the providers act on their belief that children deserve to be placed with a married mother and father.”

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