The Inclusion Act: Defending Kids, Faith, and Freedom

Earlier today, FRC had the chance to hear about a debate that’s heating up in Congress and across states: Should faith-based adoption and foster care groups have the freedom to place kids in homes that share their beliefs? We think so. So does Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).

Find out how a piece of legislation like Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act* could help keep organizations like Catholic Charities in business. Watch the discussion below.

*Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017

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What does the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 do?

The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1881, S. 811) would prohibit the federal government and any state that receives certain federal funding from discriminating against child welfare service providers (e.g., adoption and foster care providers) on the basis that the provider declines to provide, facilitate, or refer for a child welfare social service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Why is the Inclusion Act needed?

The Inclusion Act is needed because child welfare service providers are being subjected to discrimination because of their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. For example, certain religiously affiliated charities in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and the District of Columbia have had to stop providing adoption and foster care services because of requirements to place children in households headed by two persons of the same sex. These requirements are contrary to their sincerely held religious belief and moral conviction that children ought to be placed in homes headed by a married man and woman. In Illinois alone, more than 3,000 children in foster care (more than 20% of the state’s total) were displaced from religiously-affiliated organizations.

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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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