Austin, Texas, May 24, 2017 / 23:04 pm
The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature's approval of strong legal protections for religious adoption and foster care agencies.
"Now Catholics can join other people of good will and serve Texas' children in good faith," said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.
This fall, the bishops' conference has said, it will work with diocesan offices on a campaign to encourage Catholic families to be foster parents.
"Most Catholic Charities in the state had withdrawn from serving foster children," the bishops' conference said May 22. "The new law removes a significant barrier to Catholics serving children in the foster care system and will trigger greater recruitment efforts by Catholic parishes and ministries."