Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prayers needed

Please add this need to your prayer list.

Your immediate help is needed to protect the rights of Christian
adoption agencies in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Social Services recently announced
revisions to the legal regulations that govern the licensing of
adoption agencies in the state. While many of the proposed changes
will improve the services offered to children and families, certain
standards will harm America World's, and other wonderful agencies',
important mission of ensuring that all children grow up in loving

One regulation is particularly troubling because it would deny
faith-based agencies the right to provide services in accordance with
their religious and moral beliefs. This standard would deny an agency
a license if that agency screened applicants based on religion, sexual
orientation, or family status. This means that America World and other
Christian agencies would be forced to accept all applicants regardless
of whether or not they share our religious and moral convictions, or
else be forced to forfeit our license to conduct adoption services.

America World is proud to be a part of the calling and tradition of
Christians helping orphaned and vulnerable children throughout the
world. Since our founding we have united over 3000 children with
loving, Christian families.

This regulation, if allowed to become law, would violate the
Constitutional rights of faith-based organizations and endanger our
ability to continue in this vital ministry. What’s worse is that it
will deny countless children in Virginia and around the world their
fundamental right to a family.

We emplore you to please take a few minutes of your time to stand up
for orphaned and vulnerable children.

There is an online town hall accepting comments from the public until
April 1, 2011. To comment and express your concerns, simply click

You can also contact your elected representatives to urge them to
protect the rights of faith-based organizations and the precious
children we serve.

Click HERE to contact your Virginia Legislators.

Click HERE to contact Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Click HERE to contact Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli.

Here’s a sample letter to use or help you think about what to say:

I am writing to express my opposition to new regulations proposed by
the Virginia Department of Social Services that violate the rights of
faith-based child welfare agencies, and will deny countless orphaned
and vulnerable children the right to a permanent, loving family.

Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) would require a Licensed
Private Child Placing Agency to accept any individual who applies to
become a foster or adoptive parent regardless of whether that
individual shares the agency’s religious and moral beliefs. Agencies
that do not comply with this regulation would be in danger of losing
their license.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a long and proud tradition of
citizens of faith working together to care for and protect children.
In fact, a significant number of children who are adopted today are
adopted with the help of faith-based organizations. These groups have
been successful at protecting children and providing them with
permanent, loving homes because of their tireless advocacy on behalf
of children. The proposed regulation, however, would forever silence
one of the strongest voices for children in the Commonwealth.

This regulation is a clear violation of the Constitutional right to
the free exercise of religion and is an attempt to elevate the rights
of one group of citizens at the expense of another. What’s worse is
that countless children in Virginia and around the world will be
denied their fundamental right to a family if it is allowed to become

I urge you to do everything in your power to oppose this regulation
and protect the right of faith-based organizations to continue to
serve children.

I will be following this issue and your response closely.

Thank you in advance, to all of our families, for your prayers on this
matter.  We serve a mighty God who can move mountains and change men's
hearts!• •

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