Monday, February 05, 2024 by Laura Harris
Aspiring foster parents who do not support teaching gender ideology at home will be prohibited from adopting children based on the new proposed policy of the Biden administration.
The policy, also known as “Safe and Appropriate Foster Care Placement Requirements,” seeks to ensure that LGBTQ children are placed in environments “free from hostility or discrimination.” The guidelines call for potential foster parents to undergo training and develop knowledge and skills to support the needs of LGBTQ children.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) cited multiple surveys supporting the idea behind this policy.
In one of the surveys, 32 percent of foster kids aged 12 to 21 have a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity. The NPRM cites another study from 2019 conducted by a group of psychology professors that LGBTQ youth are almost 2.5 times more likely than heterosexual youth to end up in foster care.
The Biden administration also points to The Trevor Project surveys, showing LGBTQ foster kids are 50 percent less likely to face issues like suicide, drug use or mental health problems if they can openly talk about their sexual identity with caregivers.
In other words, applications of aspiring foster parents who do not support teaching gender ideology due to religious beliefs may be rejected.
Some states have already done that. For instance, in Oregon, a widowed mother of five was barred from adopting two siblings because she did not support teaching alternative sexual orientation to children.
Similarly, a Massachusetts Catholic couple is suing the Department of Children and Families (DCF) after being rejected despite passing a home study and undergoing extensive training. Despite their willingness to care for hard-to-place children with special needs, Mike, an Iraq War veteran, and Kitty, a special education assistant, were rejected due to their responses on gender dysphoria and the sexual orientation of children.
“After months of interviews and training, and after years of heartbreak, we were on the verge of finally becoming parents. We were absolutely devastated to learn that Massachusetts would rather children sleep in the hallways of hospitals than let us welcome children in need into our home,” the couple said.
Critics, including Republican lawmakers and Christian organizations, argue that the policy oversteps boundaries by compelling foster parents to embrace specific ideologies.
In a letter addressed to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, six Republican senators – Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Michael Lee (R-Utah) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) – argued that the proposal will “alienate, if not exclude,” many faith-based families.
“All children in foster care, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve a safe and proper placement. However, this proposal goes beyond statutory requirements to force states to adopt extreme gender ideology in their placement decisions,” the senators wrote.
The group said implementing the mandate could substantially reduce the already deficient number of foster homes in the United States.
Sam Whiting, a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), raised concerns that the policy could label foster parents who do not support gender ideology as abusive, potentially leading to the state attempting to take custody of their children.
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