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Support the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act: Contact your Representative & Senators today!
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The federal Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (H.R. 1881 / S. 811) would prevent government discrimination against faith-based child welfare service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies.  This legislation is vital to ensure Catholic and other faith-based organizations have the space to serve children and families in God's love through adoption and foster care services.  These services are especially needed today.  The opioid crisis is putting a strain on the foster care system.  Yet while more children are waiting to be placed in families, faith-based child welfare providers are being targeted for closures because of their religious convictions.  The number of children in need is going up.  The number of families willing to take the children into their homes is going down.  Faith-based adoption and foster care providers must be included in any serious approach to keeping kids first.
 
Contact your U.S. senators and representatives today and ask them to co-sponsor and support the federal Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act!

Background
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) prevents faith-based child welfare service providers from being targeted by government discrimination.  The Act would prohibit the federal government and any state that receives certain federal funding from discriminating against child welfare service providers on the basis that they decline to provide a child welfare service that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.  The Inclusion Act is needed because child welfare service providers are being discriminated against because of their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions.  For example, certain religiously-affiliated charities in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and the District of Columbia have had to stop adoption and foster care services because of requirements imposed upon them to place children in households headed by two persons of the same sex.  Also, women and men who want to place their children for adoption should be free to choose from a diversity of adoption agencies, including those that share the parents' religious beliefs and moral convictions.  The Inclusion Act recognizes and respects this parental choice.  The Inclusion Act has been introduced in both the House (H.R. 1881) and the Senate (S. 811).
 
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