Experts Say Children Are Left Parentless When Government Tries to Force Catholic Agencies to Let Homosexual Couples Adopt

When the government fights to make Catholic charities offer adoption to homosexual couples, children lose, adoption advocates recently argued.

Christian adoption agencies make the vital connection between children without parents and parents seeking adoption. Catholic adoption services alone connected over 82,000 children to families from 2008 to 2016, a Heritage Foundation report said. But these agencies come under attack from the government because they don’t place children with homosexual couples, Paul Mulligan, president and CEO of the Catholic Charities Community Services Arizona said at a virtual adoption event Monday.

“Christians believe that marriage is between a man and a woman not because the church doesn’t love same-sex attracted, gay, lesbian, you name it, but because there’s really a fundamental belief that children have a natural God-given right to a mother and a father,” he said.

Today, approximately 424,000 children drift in the foster care system. Roughly 20,000 leave the system every year without ever finding a family, according to ifoster.org. Those who leave normally face poverty, joblessness and desperation alone.

In 2018, the government of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stopped referring children to Catholic Social Services because the group would not certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

The city urgently called for 300 new foster families shortly before it ended its relationship with Catholic Social Services and Bethany Christian Services for not placing children with same-sex couples.

Because of Philadelphia’s decision, thousands of orphaned or abused children missed the opportunity to find a loving new family, Mulligan said. Most adoption agencies have no problem with placing kids in homes with same-sex parents, but the ones that do should be able to continue their important work.

“If we’re sidelined, that’s going to be a pretty tough deal. At the very least there is a compromise position,” he said.

The Supreme Court recently heard the case from Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia and will soon provide a ruling.

“These are real kids living in our own cities throughout the country,” said Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review’s editor-at-large and discussion moderator.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott

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