04 May In-the-News Update [Issue: Basic Freedoms]
It is no surprise that adopting a child is a strenuous process, but what happens when a family’s religious beliefs put a complete halt on their desire to adopt? Recently, a family learned they were not qualified to work with a private adoption agency because they are non-religious. This family would have been able to provide a stable income and had even fostered children in the past. The private agency claimed that birth mothers requested adoptive families follow some type of faith-based practice and therefore do not work with families who are not religious. Because of these requests, families that can provide loving homes are disqualified and children are left waiting for homes. Individuals have the right to practice their beliefs but as a result of this, they are often left isolated with few options to choose from. The couple went on to state that their beliefs were used as a distinguishing factor of what makes a family “good” or “bad” saying their faith was deemed as “bad.” It can be easily forgotten that within our basic freedoms we do have the choice to decide whether we follow a certain type of faith or not. Our freedoms are a fundamental human right and as the word freedom states, we are not to be persecuted for them. Situations like these leave both families and children at a dead end and provide us with insight that the system needs to be reevaluated.