There are about 13 thousand children in foster care in Michigan, and as National Foster Care Month is observed, Michigan legislators are considering legislation that could make it more difficult for some people to foster or adopt. Susan Grettenberger, Vice President of Policy for the National Association of Social Workers in Michigan, says that the House legislation would allow adoption agencies that get state money to deny certain couples based on religious beliefs. She says an estimated 250 LGBT families in Michigan would be affected, but that’s not all.
Supporters say the measures wouldn’t reduce the pool of potential foster parents, because there are also private adoption organizations that don’t have the same policies. However, Grettenberger says in many areas of Michigan, state funded agencies are the only places offering adoption.
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