The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee is considering a package of three important bills that will benefit children and ensure diversity among adoption agencies in Michigan.
The bi-partisan House Bills 4188–4190 (more information below) ensure that child placement agencies that operate within a faith tradition are legally allowed to continue operating under the teachings and practices of that specific faith. The legislation does not prohibit adoption or placement to any classification of persons. The bills, essentially, codify in state law what has been in practice for decades. The legislation is considered necessary after several faith-based child placement agencies across the country, including Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, San Francisco and Illinois, were confronted with a decision to either operate contrary to their moral teachings or close their doors.
In the words of Tom Hickson from the Catholic Conference,
“Supporting diversity in child placement protects the presence of faith-based entities, which in turns guarantees more placements and moves more children out of the foster care system. This legislation puts children first and solidifies a public/private partnership that has been in practice now for decades.”
Take Action: Express Your Support!
Contact Members of the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.
Tom Hooker (R) Committee Chair, 77th District
Jim Runestad (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 44th District
Anthony Forlini (R) 24th District
Kathy Crawford (R) 38th District
Henry Vaupel (R) 47th District
Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 92nd District
Alberta Talabi (D) 2nd District
Frank Liberati (D) 13rd District
Contact Your Representative.
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Overview of All Three Bills – Allowing child placement agencies to decline services based on sincerely held religious beliefs and require them to promptly refer the applicant to another agency that is willing and able to provide the services.
HB 4188, Sponsored by Representative LaFontaine.
HB 4189, Sponsored by Representative Santana.
HB 4190, Sponsored by Representative Leutheuser.