White House Publicly Announces Willingness to Protect Faith-Based Adoption Agencies
Adoption can be a rewarding way to grow one’s family - and in some situations, the only option. With a surplus of children awaiting safe and loving homes, one would think that adoption agencies would want to provide their services to every prospective parent, regardless of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.
Sadly, this is not always the case.
Discrimination against marginalized persons in adoption is still a major issue in some states, and it does not appear to be changing any time soon. In fact, the White House recently voiced their support for faith-based organizations, stating that their denial of certain families falls under their protected right to exercise and practice their faith. They also granted an exemption for a faith-based adoption agency in South Carolina, which recently came under fire after it was revealed that they only place children in “Christian” households.
What does all this mean for prospective adoptive families in Illinois?
At the core, support of this agency means nothing for adopting Illinois families. Several faith-based agencies in the state have already had to close their doors, due to their unwillingness to place children with families that did not fit their rigorous criteria. There are also plenty of other agencies that will gladly consider members of the LGBTQ community for adoption, as well as persons of non-Christian faith.
Adopting a Child Outside of the Faith-Based System
Faith-based agencies focus on placing children with families of the same faith; for better or worse, this is their purpose. To avoid having an adoption decision based on matters pertaining to your faith, sexual orientation, or other similar aspects of your life, you will need to look beyond these options. Some possibilities include:
- Foster care adoption through the Department of Children and Family Services;
- Adoption through a private, non-faith-based agency;
- International adoption agencies; and
- Inter-family adoptions.
A seasoned family law attorney can help you determine which of these options may be most appropriate for your situation, and they can help you successfully navigate the complex and challenging legal aspects of an Illinois adoption.
How Our DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Assist with the Adoption Process
Seasoned and experienced, Davi Law Group, LLC recognizes that families come in all shapes and sizes, and it is only the love that matters. With the final outcome of a successful adoption in mind, our Wheaton adoption lawyers will work by your side during every step of the adoption process. Call 630-580-6373 to schedule your consultation with our offices today.