Heritage Report: Adoption, foster care, and conscience protection

Sarah Torre and Ryan T. Anderson at The Heritage Foundation: “Foster care and adoption policy should put the best interests of chil­dren first. Public policy therefore should seek to increase the likeli­hood of adoption by removing barriers to families that are seeking to adopt and providers that are seeking to place children in need of a home. Achieving this goal requires a public policy that provides free­dom to the diverse groups that serve the needs of children. Provided these agencies meet basic requirements protecting the welfare of chil­dren, they should be free to operate according to their values, especially their religiously informed beliefs about marriage.”