Friday, March 10, 2006

Catholic Charities Ends State Adoption Services Due to Same-Sex Parents

Catholic Charities of Boston has provided adoption services for the state of Massachusetts over the past two decades. In that time, it has found homes for over 720 children who are in state custody.

But Catholic Charities won't do it any more--not on its own accord, but because of an order by Massachusetts' four Catholic bishops.

The order was issued by the bishops because state law in Massachusetts requires adoption agencies working with the state to consider gay and lesbian couples in their review of potential parents.

The 42-member Catholic Charities board voted unanimously in December to continue placing children in same-sex homes, but the order by the four bishops trumps that vote. Eight members of the board have resigned in protest to the bishop's position.

Out of all of the adoptive parents Catholic Charities has placed children with since starting its contract with the state of Massachusetts more than twenty years ago, fewer than 2% were gay and lesbian couples.

The Boston Globe has the full story.

3 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

Somebody, please, please tell me when all of this small mindedness will end?!?

March 10, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

I wish I could, Julie.

It's unfortunate that a small group of people with some serious clout--like the four bishops, in this case--are pushing discriminatory policies like this one.

March 10, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

Meanwhile, the children sit while someone else with less experience will try to find them homes.

When did we start worrying so much about sexuality to the point that we harm our children?

March 10, 2006  

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