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ICYMI: Rubio Lambasts Woke Child Welfare Rules

Dec 14, 2023 | Press Releases

Biden’s Child Welfare Rules Will Make Foster Kids Homeless for the Holidays

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

December 13, 2023

Public Discourse

[T]his year, due to a crippling shortage of foster homes and adoptive parents, thousands of children will spend the holidays not in a home, but in an office, a shelter, or even alone in a motel….

Faced with these horror stories, our leaders should be racing to expand the number of foster homes and adoptive parents and to leverage non-governmental charities that care for children in need. Instead, President Joe Biden is attempting to restrict both. At least, that will be the impact of his administration’s latest child welfare regulations.

These regulations, for which public comment recently ended, require all child welfare providers to conform to left-wing sexual ideology. This isn’t about compassion for kids struggling with their identity. This is about demanding woke orthodoxy….

These regulations directly defy the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia…. But they also alienate the single largest source of foster families…. Faith-based nonprofits make up 40 percent of government-contracted child placement agencies across the country, and 65 percent of non-kin foster parents attend religious services weekly. Much, if not all, of that support will vanish if President Biden’s regulations prevail….

I and sixteen of my colleagues have united behind Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. The bill would prohibit government discrimination against faith-based child welfare providers, effectively overruling the new woke standards. Similarly, my Lifting Local Communities Act would prohibit government discrimination against faith-based charities in the allocation of grants….

I hope more Republicans join us in supporting this legislation. I hope Democrats join us, too. The greater our numbers, the stronger our message to the Biden Administration: this Christmas, foster children deserve a warm, loving home, not a cold night on a homeless shelter cot.

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