HHS issues final rule protecting faith-based adoption agencies

Jan 12, 2021 by

by Matt Hadro, CNA: The Trump administration finalized a rule this week allowing faith-based adoption agencies to receive federal funding regardless of their views on same-sex marriage. In a final rule issued Jan. 7, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revised a 2016 rule by the Obama administration that had conditioned federal grants on adoption agencies’ willingness to match children with same-sex couples. The U.S. bishops’ conference had opposed the 2016 rule, saying that it...

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A court victory for Christian adoption

Oct 18, 2020 by

by Rod Anderson, Christian Post: A federal court has concluded that a New York-based Christian adoption agency cannot be forced to close down because of its policy of only placing kids in married heterosexual families. New Hope Family Services filed suit against state officials after it was told that its faith-based policy of only placing children in married heterosexual homes violated a 2013 state law. U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino granted New Hope a preliminary injunction...

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A self-inflicted wound: Ofsted, the Equality Act and Cornerstone

May 8, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: The Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska comments on the case of the Cornerstone Adoption and Fostering Service. […] Cornerstone’s struggles are ‘our’ struggle The truth is that Cornerstone’s history of legal struggles to simply remain faithful to its Christian ethos is emblematic of the struggle of Christians in the public square in general. Cornerstone is a charity which recruits evangelical foster carers to provide loving and stable homes for children with...

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Christian fostering agency challenges anti-religious Ofsted report

May 6, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: A Christian fostering agency has launched a legal challenge against Ofsted over a controversial inspection report requiring it to abandon its religious ethos. Cornerstone Adoption and Fostering Service, an independent fostering agency which only places children with evangelical Christians, was visited by inspectors last year. Despite previously being rated ‘Good’ in all areas, the most recent Ofsted report downgraded the fostering work to ‘Requires Improvement’,...

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HHS to Lift Obama-Era Restrictions on Grants for Faith-Based Adoption Services

Nov 6, 2019 by

by Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal: Under a new proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday, the federal government no longer will withhold federal grant money from faith-based adoption providers that won’t compromise their views on same-sex marriage. “I don’t want to discriminate against anyone. I want groups to be able to continue their work without being discriminated against,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters during a Friday press gaggle....

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Trump admin: Adoption agencies won’t be forced to give kids to same-sex couples

Nov 2, 2019 by

by Calvin Freiburger,LifeSite: The Trump administration announced Friday that it will not be enforcing Obama-era rules forcing faith-based adoption and foster agencies to place children in same-sex households, and proposed new rules specifically recognizing the religious and conscience rights of such organizations. Whereas the Obama administration added “sexual orientation” language to “non-discrimination” rules governing federal funds to adoption and foster agencies, the Trump Department of...

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