"If a government entity is set to be the ultimate arbiter of someone's truth, being or existence, then at what point do parents get left out of the equation?" Kilgannon asked.
Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled against a similarly coersive transgender policy - the Obama administration's mandate that health professionals must carry out gender reassignment surgeries, even if they have medical or religious objections.
"The regulation not only forces healthcare professionals to violate their medical judgment, it requires them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs," U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas said in a Dec. 31 decision granting a temporary injunction against the Obama administration.
"Tragically, the regulation would force them to violate those religious beliefs and perform harmful medical transition procedures or else suffer massive financial liability," the judge added.
Many in the medical field have expressed serious concerns about encouraging transgenderism - particularly hormonal regimens and genital surgeries - in children.
In a paper entitled "Gender Ideology Harms Children," , last updated in May 2017, The American College of Pediatricians said that to encourage a child into thinking that "a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse," they added.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick Lappert said during a conference earlier this year that one of the biggest problems with transgender sex change surgeries is that they are permanent and irreversible in any meaningful way, Dr. Lappert said.
"...it's a permanent, irreversible mutilation of the human person. And there's no other word for it," he said.
"It results in permanent sterility. It's a permanent dissolution of the unitive and the procreative functions. And even the unitive aspect of the sexual embrace is radically hindered if not utterly destroyed," he said.
This is not the first time that the Illinois DCFS has introduced controversial LGBTQ policies. In 2011, they became the first state to force the Catholic Church out of adoption and foster care services for their refusal to place children with same-sex couples.
Currently, the DCFS is also embroiled in another controversy regarding the death of Semaj Crosby, a foster child under their care. It was announced Wednesday that current DCFS director George Sheldon has resigned in the face of the ethics probe. In the last five years, the DCFS has gone through eight directors or acting directors amid various failures in leadership, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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