I imagine that, as a child in the foster-care system, it would be difficult to trust anyone, be it case workers, foster parents, or pretty much any adult. But when an entire foster-care program throws up its hands and walks away, that’s got to hurt. Especially when the reason is as irrelevant and malicious as a personal opposition to same-sex marriage. That, however, is exactly what the Catholic Church has done in Washington D.C.
Making good on threats issued while the city council was considering legalizing same-sex marriage, Catholic Charities has terminated its 80-year-old foster-care program. The 45 children in the program have been transferred to another organization’s purview, all so that the Catholic Charities wouldn’t have to end their discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.
I guess, on the one hand, it’s better that they’re not in the business anyway, if they’re going to pass over perfectly good foster parents without good cause but, on the other hand, it seems a bit harsh for the kids and the 35 foster families that are caring for them. Still, I think, in the long run, it’s for the best — kids need homes and adults to care for them; if the National Center for Children and Families can take on the job of finding them without turning down couples for no good reason, then I say let them have at it.