Republican AGs Slam Biden’s Anti-Christian Foster Care Plan

Democrat President Joe Biden’s new foster case plan effectively bans Christian families from fostering children, according to a group of Republican attorneys general who are raising the alarm over the scheme.

The group of AGs is pushing the Biden administration to back down on the new anti-Christian rule they say will jeopardize the foster care system nationwide.

The pushback is being led by Alabama’s Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall, along with 18 of his GOP colleagues.

On Monday, the group sent a letter to Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over the plan.

The letter alerts HHS that the new proposed rule, which alters requirements for foster care families, violates the U.S. Constitution and discriminates against people who practice the Christian faith.

In addition to discriminating against religion, the attorneys general argue that the proposed rule “will harm children by limiting the number of available foster homes, harm families by risking kinship placements, and harm states by increasing costs and decreasing care options.”

“These injuries will be suffered while HHS fails to solve a problem that the proposed rule does not even prove exists in foster care,” the AGs write.

The rule is called “Safe and Appropriate Foster Care Placement Requirements.”

It would mandate that foster parents and families utilize a foster child’s “identified pronouns, chosen name, and allow the child to dress in an age-appropriate manner that the child believes reflects their self-identified gender identity and expression.”

According to the AGs’ letter, the rule “seeks to accomplish indirectly what the Supreme Court found unconstitutional just two years ago: remove faith-based providers from the foster care system if they will not conform their religious beliefs on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

In 2021, the Supreme Court ruled in a case, called Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, that Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with a Catholic social services group violated the First Amendment.

The city refused to contract with the group unless it agreed to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

The letter notes that HHS anticipates that the number of children in the foster care system will increase to roughly 416,500 by 2027.

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As of 2022, there were reportedly 391,000 children in foster care.

The attorneys general argue that “caring for children in need is a duty of the Christian faith.”

Moreover, they note that the foster care system would be crippled without Christian families opening their homes to children in need.

“The foster care system depends on individuals and organizations of faith,” the letter argues.

For example, the AGs cite that in Arkansas, one faith-based group was credited with recruiting almost half of the foster homes in the state.

In New Mexico, every private placement agency is Christian.

According to a 2002 study cited in the letter, foster parents who are recruited through a church or other religious organization foster children for 2.6 years longer than the average foster parent.

Practicing Christians are also three times more likely to seriously consider fostering than the general population, according to a study by the Barna Group.

“States need faith-based organizations in their foster care system,” the attorneys general wrote.

“The proposed rule will drive individuals and organizations of faith away, which will increase the strain on the system by reducing the number of available foster homes.”

“The federal government should be searching for ways to increase the number of foster homes, not decrease them,” they said.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Marshall separately accused Biden of “harass[ing]” his state of Alabama.

“Joe Biden continues to harass our State and others like it by implicitly threatening to withhold federal funding for children in need if we do not conform to his ideology, but our values are not for sale,” Marshall said in a statement.

“Since the first century, Christians across the globe have answered the call to provide a home and a family to children who had neither,” he added.

“Alabama boasts a particularly strong faith-based foster care and adoption community, and I will fight this Administration for them every step of the way.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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