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ERLC’s Russell Moore Commends New Adoption and Foster-Care Rule Preserving Access for Faith-Based Groups

November 1, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new regulation today that will help ensure faith-based organizations can continue serving vulnerable children and families through foster-care and adoption services.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, commended the administration’s work to ensure that communities of faith remain a vital part of the child-welfare system.

“This new regulation from the Trump administration is a welcome signal that the child-welfare system is about the welfare of children—not proxy culture wars. The previous administration's policy change excluded faith-based organizations with convictions about the need for a child to have both a mother and a father. The children in our foster system are facing a crisis, as tens of thousands age out of the program each year. Every American ought to be able to come together to solve this problem. Today’s move is a good start in that direction.”

The problem today’s new rule seeks to solve at the federal level began in January 2017 when the Obama-era provisions were quickly installed, going into effect days before the inauguration of the Trump Administration. The previous administration’s rule redefined federal nondiscrimination policies as applied to foster-care and adoption providers in a way that excluded many faith-based groups. Today’s rule returns HHS regulations back in line with all other federal nondiscrimination law and Supreme Court precedent.

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author