About This Initiative
Thousands of children in the U.S foster system are in desperate need of a safe place to call home, particularly minority children, older children, and those with disabilities. Faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma have been giving these children forever homes for over 60 years.
Sadly, other states have implemented policy changes that prevent faith-based providers from serving in accordance with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Catholic Charities’ adoption ministry was forced to shut down after 100 years of serving in Boston. Agencies in San Francisco, Illinois, and DC have also been forced to close because of their policy of only placing children in homes where they will have the lifetime benefit of a married mom and a dad.
Legislation being considered by the Oklahoma Legislature will ensure that faith-based agencies are free to serve the common good as they have for decades. This bill does not change existing policy related to foster care or adoption, rather it protects against any future policies that might target faith-based providers for their religious beliefs.
- Groups like the ACLU want to use the full force of the U.S. Government to shut down agencies they disagree with.
- Faith-based adoption services are particularly effective in placing special needs and hard to place children.
- More providers means more children placed in forever homes.
- When a birth mother’s desire for her child is a faith-filled home with a forever mom and dad, hostile political activists should not be allowed to stand in her way.
- Shutting faith-based agencies down only limits birth mother choices and does not increase access for anyone.
- LGBT couples have the legal right to adopt in all 50 states. Nothing in this bill changes that.
- This bill simply allows faith-based providers to continue serving the common good by recruiting, training, and retaining families for children.