Catholic dioceses in PA challenge recent state policy on adoption

11.19.19 | Brandon Dickson

3 Catholic dioceses in the Keystone State are now challenging a recent state policy that has essentially put them out of the adoption and foster care business.

The diocese of Greensburg, near Pittsburgh, recently announced that its charities agency was closing its adoption and foster care program after 65 years because the state's nondiscrimination policy added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected categories.

The dioceses in Greensburg, Erie, and Philadelphia say the policy is hostile to faith-based groups that hold to traditional beliefs about marriage.

The PCC, representing the state’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses, sent a letter to Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller asking for the state to reconsider its decision on the three Catholic adoption agencies.

Controversy began on this issue back in March of 2018, when the city of Philadelphia put out a call for 300 new foster families. Weeks later, it suspended all foster care referrals to Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.