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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 01:45 PM

Major Christian adoption agency will stop rejecting LGBTQ parents [View all]

Source: LGBTQ Nation


Conservatives are "disappointed" that Bethany Christian Services is taking an "all hands on deck" approach to placing children in homes.

By Alex Bollinger Tuesday, March 2, 2021

One of the biggest adoption agencies in the U.S., Bethany Christian Services, has agreed to start working with LGBTQ parents to help place children in homes, after a previous policy statement that said they don’t work with potential parents who are same-sex couples.

“We will now offer services with the love and compassion of Jesus to the many types of families who exist in our world today,” said Chris Palusky, president of the organization, in an email to about 1500 staff members. “We’re taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach where all are welcome.”

The Protestant adoption agency has long refused to work with same-sex couples, although their policy was only officially stated in 2007 when Bethany adopted a position statement that said, “God’s design for the family is a covenant and lifelong marriage of one man and one woman.” But in January, the organization adopted a new policy statement that says: “Christians of mutual good faith can reasonably disagree on various doctrinal issues, about which Bethany does not maintain an organizational position.” It also eliminated the 2007 statement.

The organization is huge, with offices in 32 states. It facilitated over 1100 adoption and 3400 foster placements in 2019.

Read more: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/03/major-christian-adoption-agency-will-stop-rejecting-lgbtq-parents/

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