WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council is expressing concern that faith-based adoption and foster care services could be forced to shut down due to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Children’s Services Agency.
Travis Weber, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, released the following statement:
"The ability of religious organizations to care for children and participate in the adoption process is facing a deliberate attack and is existentially threatened by this lawsuit. When these Christian adoption agencies refuse to compromise their principles, they will be forced to close, and the children they were trying to serve will no longer have that agency to care for them.
“Private, faith-based providers not only provide the same legal and material support needed throughout the adoption process as the state agencies, but also offer spiritual, emotional, and relational support that the government is incapable of providing. Yet to continue to do this, they must remain free and able to operate according to the tenets of their faith.
"Now is the time to stand up for our religious freedom, because losing all faith-based adoption and foster care services is an undeniable violation of religious freedom that also deeply hurts the most vulnerable members of our communities," concluded Weber.