Why LGBT rights groups are worried about Georgia's Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act

Georgia’s Senate has passed a bill that could enable child welfare organizations to stop same- parents from adopting on grounds of religious beliefs, in what rights advocates have called a “dangerous step backward.”In the latest chapter of the debate on religious freedom and freedom from discrimination, Georgia’s Senate passed the Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act on Friday. If it passes through the Georgia House, it could allow child-placing agencies, such as adoption...

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From: News - Sky Express

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Foster Care Reform Senate Committee Hearing

Senate Bill 350 would change how the state operates foster care and some other child services including adoption. This video contains excerpts from a Thursday, February 6, Senate subcommittee hearing, the first hearing to consider SB 350. Speakers are:

Melissa Carter, Director, Emory University Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Tom Rawlings, former Georgia State Child Advocate and Juvenile Court Judge

Ron Scroggy, former DFCS state director and currently Together Georgia

Karl Lehman,...

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From: Georgia Policy

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Wednesday's Child: Anastasia

Wednesday's Child is a televised feature that helps recruit adoptive families who can provide permanent and loving homes for children in Georgia’s foster care system. Wednesday evenings on FOX 5 News at 6, Karen Graham introduces you to a special child who is looking for a forever home.

Watch these amazing stories and learn what family means to them. Wednesday's Child - Georgia is a partnership of FOX 5 Atlanta and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services – Permanency Unit,...

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From: FOX 5 Atlanta

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Susan Sonnier - Secretary of DFCS - LA: Improving Child Welfare Reform

Members of the advocacy community turned out on February 6th for a special "In Session" Georgia Children's Advocacy Network (GA-CAN!) forum about child welfare. Panelists representing reform efforts in FL, KS, LA, NE and TX shared their experiences regarding child protection, foster care, family services and adoptions.

Susan Sonnier was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in June 2012. You can read more in her bio here:...

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From: Voices for Georgia's Children

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Goshen Valley from a Burden to Blessing

Goshen Valley Foundation is recognized as the State of Georgia’s leading nonprofit Child Caring Institution, serving young women and men in the state foster care system. Located in Cherokee County, Goshen Valley Foundation is comprised of 3 operating ministries, with over 70 young people in their care today. Goshen Valley works within the community to provide safe and purposeful environments for young men, women and children while seeking permanency through family reunification, adoption and...

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From: Goshen Valley

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