For the sake of the children
December 16, 2011 7:30 AM Subscribe
posted by roomthreeseventeen (60 comments total)
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In the state of Virginia, it is now legal
for licensed adoption agencies and foster facilities to discriminate on the basis of a potential parent's sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability, political beliefs, or family status.
Virginia allows married couples and single people to adopt or become foster parents, but bars unmarried couples from doing so. Former Gov. Timothy Kaine’s Democratic administration added an anti-discrimination provision in 2009, but it didn’t become a flashpoint for public debate until this year, when conservative legislators and groups complained
The board voted 7-2 on April 20 to strip the protections barring adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents. The rules were finalized yesterday.
There are 81 private child-placement agencies in Virginia, and 42 of them are faith-based, agency officials said. At least 1,200 children statewide are in foster care.