National -U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker has ruled that Catholic Social Services does not have the right to override the accepted child welfare placement standards because of its religious objections. Disputes over this ruling are occurring in many states. Congress is also taking up the issue in a Health and Human Services appropriations bill that would license discrimination and override state laws that bar discrimination and protect children's welfare.
Illinois state budget has passed an adoption tax credit in May that was modelted after the federal tax credit. Residents can get up to $5,000 in refunds and begin filing in 2018.
KansasDepartment of Children and Families spokeswoman Taylor Foster stated that companies with grants to manage wide-ranging child welfare on behalf of the state cannot use religious exemption but groups who are reimbursed based on placements or adoptions can use the exemption.
National: The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
National: The latest Human Rights Campaign Foundation updates can be found here.