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Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services.

City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement

Nov 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after... Read more

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Christian foster agency seeks to appeal to UK Supreme Court after ruling on recruitment policy for carers

Oct 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The agency asks carers to “abstain from all sexual sins including ... homosexual behavior.” Read more

Religious freedom advocates express optimism after Fulton decision 

Jun 28, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Religious freedom advocates on Monday applauded a recent Supreme Court decision, arguing it heralds a positive outlook for religious freedom... Read more

Ahead of pivotal Supreme Court decision, foster care agency mired in religious freedom fight

Jun 1, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Ahead of an anticipated ruling by the Supreme Court in a landmark foster care case, a Christian foster care agency... Read more

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Leading Christian adoption agency changes policy, will now work with same-sex couples nationwide

Mar 2, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A leading Christian adoption agency will now work with same-sex couples looking to foster or adopt children, in a change... Read more

Worldwide, children living in institutional care do better with families, Lancet commission says

Jun 24, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The millions of children separated from their families around the world would do best in a family environment, not institutional... Read more

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US bishops ask Supreme Court to protect Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia

Jun 4, 2020

In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops argued that a Catholic agency should not be banned... Read more

‘It’s a trauma for our children’: How the pandemic is impacting foster kids 

Apr 9, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Foster care workers say the pandemic has put a strain on the system, and on kids.  Read more

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Supreme Court will hear Philadelphia Catholic foster care case

Feb 24, 2020

The Supreme Court will decide if the city of Philadelphia was correct to terminate its relationship with Catholic Social Services... Read more

Greensburg adoption, foster program shuts down amid legal battle

Nov 19, 2019

Catholic adoption and foster care agencies in Pennsylvania are continuing to close their doors as Catholic Social Services of the... Read more

With a shortage of British foster homes, the Church launches a campaign

Nov 7, 2019

In the face of a foster parent shortage in the UK, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will launch... Read more

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Judge rules in favor of Michigan Catholic foster care agency

Sep 27, 2019

A federal judge in Grand Rapids has halted a new state policy requiring adoption and foster care agencies to certify... Read more

What the Philadelphia foster care case could mean for the Supreme Court

Aug 1, 2019

When the U.S. Supreme Court mandated legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the majority... Read more

Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services. Photo courtesy of Becket.

Foster moms ask Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case

Jul 23, 2019

"As a single mom and woman of color, I've known a thing or two about discrimination over the years..." Read more

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Catholic foster child can attend Protestant school, Irish judge rules

Jul 8, 2019

A judge in Ireland has decided that a Catholic girl in foster care can attend a Protestant Church of Ireland... Read more

Court rules against Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia

Apr 23, 2019

After a yearlong legal struggle, a federal appeals court has ruled that city contractors in Philadelphia must place foster children... Read more

'A call from God' - Why these Catholic couples became foster parents

Dec 21, 2018

By Mary Farrow

It was a quiet Thanksgiving for Kerry.  Read more

With US adoption needs high, Kansas looks to restrict religious agencies

Nov 10, 2018

The incoming governor of Kansas is looking for a way to avoid enforcing a religious freedom law protecting adoption agencies... Read more

Supreme Court denies relief to Philadelphia Catholic foster care agency

Aug 30, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to compel the city of Philadelphia to resume working with Catholic Social Services (CSS)... Read more

After 95 years, NY rules end Catholic adoption and foster services in Buffalo

Aug 27, 2018

Adoption and foster services through Catholic Charities of Buffalo are ending because state rules do not allow the agency to... Read more