Miracle Hill, the largest provider of foster families in South Carolina, made headlines this year for turning away a Jewish couple. The rise in religious exemption laws comes at a time when state child welfare systems are facing ever-increasing numbers of children entering foster care.
Hodges legalized gay marriage nationwide, including in the 14 states that did not previously allow gays and lesbians to wed. In a legal sense, many LGBTQ people interacting with child placing agencies are treated like second-class citizens.
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Quiz: See where you fit in the Political Typology. They made him feel like he was unlovable because of his sexual orientation. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ruling, here are five key facts about same-sex marriage:. These states also exemplify the capacity problem of child welfare agencies across the nation, highlighting the concern of limiting the pool of qualified parents through use of religious exemptions.
State legislatures should pass into law explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ prospective parents—both adoptive and foster. Chicago 17th ed. As a result, foster youth remain in care longer, stressing an already stressed system.
Government discrimination prevents affirming agencies from serving everyone Government-sanctioned discrimination can prevent even LGBTQ-affirming agencies from being able to serve everyone equally. These agencies also argue that nondiscrimination protections constitute compelled speech and retaliation against free speech.
In a national survey of gay and lesbian adoptive parents, nearly half of respondents reported experiencing bias or discrimination from a child welfare worker or birth family member during the adoption process.
State legislatures should pass into law explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ prospective parents—both adoptive and foster. Follow Us.
By Frank J. Eight counties had at least one agency that listed a nondiscrimination policy on their website with reference to sexual orientation and gender identity, while 10 counties had agencies with a nondiscrimination policy with reference to either sexual orientation or gender identity.
State legislatures should pass into law explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ prospective parents—both adoptive and foster. In the absence of federal protection and given the lack of protections in the vast majority of states, the landscape looks bleak for prospective LGBTQ parents.
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