Republican lawmakers recently raised concerns about a Biden administration policy change that would effectively bar Christians from becoming foster parents if they did not affirm a child’s professed LGBT identity.
“The premise of this proposal is that any foster care provider who does not ‘affirm’ a child’s sexual orientation or gender that differs from his or her biological sex is perpetuating and committing child abuse and will be shunned for failing to support the foster child’s ‘health and Wellbeing,’” Kansas Senator Roger Marshall (R) wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra earlier this month.
According to LifeNews, the rule was proposed by the United States Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS, in September of 2023.
“If enacted, this proposal would place further strain on the child welfare system and undermine the ability of states to provide safe, stable, and loving homes to our most vulnerable children,” the open letter, signed by five of Marshall’s fellow Republican senators, continued, further highlight concerns that the change would “force states to adopt extreme gender ideology in their placement decisions.”
The lawmakers also pointed out that Congress has previously given the states authority to determine such decisions, accusing HHS of having “usurped that authority to impose its own woke ideology in place of states’ judgments.”
Marshall’s letter also notes the significant threat to religious freedom post against potential foster parents who morally oppose LGBT ideology.
“The Department’s proposal would put religious families and religious providers in the position of declaring themselves unfit placements for a subset of the foster care pool, in spite of their long track records of excellence in serving and loving all children who need help,” the letter states.