Just weeks after New York legalized abortions up until the moment of birth, a Christian adoption agency says the state is trying to force it out of business.
New Hope Family Service sued New York in December and will appear before a federal court Tuesday in an effort to stop the state from targeting it for its religious beliefs.
The nonprofit agency has a policy that prioritizes placing children in foster homes with a married mother and father.
After reviewing New Hope’s policies, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) wrote a letter to the agency saying, “It was found that the agency’s policy pertaining to not placing ‘children with those who are living together without the benefit of marriage’ or ‘same-sex couples’ violates Title 18 NYCRR § 421.3, and is discriminatory and impermissible.”
The state gave New Hope an ultimatum: “Revise the present policy and continue the existing adoption program” or “fail to bring the policy into compliance with the regulation,” in which case “OCFS will be unable to approve continuation of New Hope’s current adoption program and New Hope will be required to submit a close-out plan for the adoption program.”
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