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ADF commends HHS's move to ensure hope, more options for children in foster care, seeking adoption

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt.
Published On: 12/19/2019

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding ADF’s comment submitted Thursday, in support of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ notice of proposed rulemaking to address a federal regulation that forced child welfare providers to abandon their deeply held religious beliefs to continue receiving federal funding to serve children in need:

“Every child deserves a chance to be raised in a loving home. That’s why ADF supports HHS’s revision of its regulations to allow both secular and faith-based providers to compete for federal grants on an equal footing. Tragically, there are currently over 430,000 children in the foster care system and 125,000 eligible for adoption, and faith-based adoption and foster care providers play an integral role in serving these vulnerable kids. Unfortunately, the previous regulation—finalized in the 11th hour of the Obama Administration—failed to protect all providers and discriminated against faith-based providers simply because of their beliefs about marriage. That is not keeping kids first. HHS’s proposed rule to end this discrimination offers hope for children, more options for birth parents, support for families, and increased flexibility for states seeking to alleviate real human need.  We commend HHS for protecting a diversity of providers to ensure the greatest number of children find a permanent, loving family.”

ADF represents Catholic Charities West Michigan, an adoption and foster care provider, in a federal lawsuit against state officials. The lawsuit asks the court to protect Catholic Charities from being singled out, punished, or disfavored because of its religious beliefs—beliefs that motivate its care for children, birth parents, and other vulnerable members of the community.


  • Keep Kids First: a coalition devoted to ensuring child welfare providers continue to serve children, families, and birth moms


Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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