Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chicago Faith-Based Foster Care Agencies Could Lose Funding For Refusing To Place Children With Same-Sex Couples

The Windy City Times reported yesterday that the recent passage of a same-sex civil union law by the state of Illinois (see prior posting) complicates the question of whether to permit faith-based foster care agencies that contract with the state to refuse to place foster children with same-sex couples. The civil union law becomes effective on June 1.  Three faith-based agencies in Chicago that receive $40 million each year from contracts with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services currently refuse to place children with LGBT couples.  Lutheran Children and Family Services says it will likely change its policy, but Catholic Charities and the Evangelical Child and Family Agency say they will not.