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Oregon resident Jessica Bates appealed a court’s ruling against her in a case alleging that the government is religiously discriminating against her by refusing to allow her to adopt children from the state system.

Oregon mother appeals court ruling in religious discrimination adoption case

Dec 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Jessica Bates filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s Department of Human Services earlier this year after she was denied... Read more

Michael and Catherine Burke of Southampton, Massachusetts, were denied approval to become foster parents and are suing the state on the grounds that they were discriminated against because of their Catholic faith and beliefs.

Massachusetts wrongly rejected Catholic foster parent applicants, lawsuit charges

Aug 9, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The lawsuit contends that a couple was denied approval to become foster parents because they hold to Catholic teaching on... Read more

Lisa, Katharine, and Bruce Alexander.

Parents who lost daughter in accident find joy in adoption ‘God has always been there’

Nov 25, 2021

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Biological parents to two daughters and two sons, Bruce and Lisa Alexander first considered adoption after their youngest was born.... Read more

Kelly Clemente, who chose life and put up her son for adoption.

Adoption Month: Meet the birth mom who chose life after God saved hers

Nov 16, 2021

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Kelly was eight months pregnant, lying in the street, ready to die. That’s when she heard a small voice speak... Read more

Pope Francis greets a child at a general audience at the Vatican, April 20, 2016.

Pope Francis on adoption: ‘Every child that arrives is God’s gift’

Aug 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

‘Every baby, in every case, and in whatever situation is to be welcomed,’ the pope says in a new video. 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

Supreme Court sides unanimously with Catholic Social Services in religious freedom case

Jun 17, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

The Supreme Court on Thursday decided unanimously in favor of Catholic Social Services in its lawsuit against the city of... Read more

Catholic Charities Arlington sees growing interest in adoption 

May 8, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

A spokesperson for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington says the organization has seen a growing interest from prospective... 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

Hungary defines family as having a mother and a father

Dec 15, 2020

Hungary’s Parliament passed a law Tuesday defining the family as having a woman as the mother and a man as... Read more

Arlington bishop highlights work of Catholic Charities during National Adoption Month

Nov 3, 2020

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington has called on Catholics to support adoptive families, while recognizing the important work of faith-based... Read more

Parents holding child's hand.

Supreme Court adoption case could have national impact on religious liberty

Oct 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Gail Blais and her husband James wanted to adopt her biological great-granddaughter, who is now just over one year old... Read more

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Christian adoption agency in NY receives temporary protection from court

Oct 7, 2020

A district court this week issued a temporary injunction protecting a faith-based adoption provider from being shut down by the... Read more

Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Democratic US Senator opposes Amy Coney Barrett confirmation over IVF

Oct 7, 2020

A US Senator on Friday sent a letter to her colleagues urging them to vote against the confirmation of Amy... Read more

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New York court case could signal hope for faith based adoption agencies

Jul 23, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A federal court ruling in New York this week could point to eventual victory at the Supreme Court for Catholic... 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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Trump signs order to support work with faith groups on adoption

Jun 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to bolster the federal government’s work with community and faith-based groups... Read more

Tenn governor to sign bill protecting faith-based adoption agencies

Jan 15, 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Jan. 15 that he intends to sign into law a bill to protect adoption organizations... 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

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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