Philadelphia Cuts Ties with Religious-Based Foster Agency, Leaving Dozens of Children in Limbo

The city’s new policy severs state referrals to Catholic Social Services because of their religious beliefs. Attorneys at the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a temporary restraining order because it says the policy is preventing at least 26 children from being placed in a home through CSS. A hearing is scheduled to determine how this policy will continue to affect the numerous foster children that go through CSS doors annually. “Because of the City’s policy, this child languished in a temporary respite home for weeks,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket. “The City refuses to remove the policy that harmed this child and that continues to threaten children across the City.”
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