State Policy Brief: Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Acts

Family Research Council recommends and supports Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Acts (CWPIAs) because children and families are best served in a country where faith-based adoption and foster care agencies are allowed to remain open and operate according to their sincerely-held religious beliefs. CWPIAs prevent government discrimination against such agencies.

Key Points:

  • CWPIAs defend adoption and foster care agencies from government discrimination based on protected beliefs.
  • Forcing child welfare agencies to either violate their beliefs, close their doors, or serve in a significantly more limited capacity is detrimental to the children and families these agencies serve.
  • Since 2010, 49 CWPIAs have been introduced in 19 states.

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