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For years, Holston Home has received some of its reimbursement for services through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help sustain its child-placement activities. However, now the federal government is threatening to cut off that critical funding if Holston Home refuses to surrender their deeply held views on faith, family and marriage.

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In 2018, the City of Philadelphia froze all referrals to foster families working with Catholic Social Services, and the timing was peculiar.

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Children deserve our fiercest protection. But a legislative priority of the Biden administration threatens a particularly vulnerable group: children in the foster and adoption care system.

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Imagine that new neighbors move in next door. You’re not entirely sure how many kids live there, but you know it’s a lot. And judging by the frazzled demeanor of the adults, it’s clear that they are overwhelmed.

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Legislators in both houses of Congress proposed the “Equality Act” in March, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation in May. If this bill becomes a law, it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes to laws prohibiting discrimination. While the law was put forth under the guise of “tolerance” or “inclusion,” in reality, it poses a serious risk to religious liberty. And children waiting for loving homes will be collateral damage. How? Because the “Equality Act” would decrease the number of organizations that are working to find children loving homes.

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The video was about Sebastian, an orphan from Colombia, and his adoption by the Barkey family, a family of six in California.

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We all love a good adoption story. Reading about children finding their forever home warms our hearts and reminds us of the best of humanity. But we often forget that behind many adoption stories lies tragedy.

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For over a decade now, governments have been ending their partnerships with faith-based adoption and foster care providers.

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