Greetings from CFLS,
In light of recent changes to federal law, we want to share information regarding some of our policy and position on our adoption requirements with our clients and partners. Under the direction of our Board of Directors, the policy manual covers an extensive range of details to support what our mission is as a faith-based organization. The first paragraph below details the broader commitment to the children and birth parents we serve, and the latter points expand on specific components in regard to marriage, and our efforts to support Christ-followers who struggle with sexual sin. Our policy manual states the following:
The ministry of CFLS begins with emphasis on the value of the life of every person. Every expectant mother is encouraged to choose life for her child and to make life-affirming decisions about her child’s future. Throughout the process, CFLS is committed to minister to her needs in the grace and love of Jesus Christ. If the birthparents choose to make an adoption plan for their child, CFLS is committed to offering them loving and stable Christian families from which to choose, where their child will be raised in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. (Introduction, P 2; p38)
6. The couple must have been married long enough to have established a stable marriage (minimum of 2 years at the time of application). Because CFLS bases its beliefs on the historical teachings of the Old and New Testaments, marriage is defined as a legal and spiritual commitment between a man and a woman.(Basic Requirements, p39)
1. It should be made clear to applicants that having a home study does not guarantee approval for adoption. If during the home study process, issues arise that indicate disapproval for adoption, the caseworker shall address those issues openly. The caseworker will consult with the supervisor about the issues in question. If the couple is rejected for adoption, the reason(s) shall be explained in writing. The file will note the reason(s) and how the decision was presented to the clients. (Policies Regarding Adoptive Parents, p41)
30. If either spouse has had a problem with pornography, CFLS will refer to a counselor for an assessment and make a determination as to whether or not the couple can move forward toward adoption. (Policies Regarding Adoptive Parents, p43)
31. CFLS has the right to choose with whom we work and to deny services based on moral or religious objections. (Policies Regarding Adoptive Parents, p43)
We understand there is a spectrum of Christ-followers walking through the temptation of same-sex attraction and a complex range of other sins that all of us face in the reality of our fallen world. All individuals who inquire are treated with respect as we seek to provide services and diligently honor our faith-based mission. We believe God loves all of His creation and longs to have relationship with any individual who calls his name, adopting them where they are and drawing them closer to Him as He teaches and molds them to look more like His Son, our Christ Jesus. Christian Family Life Services humbly seeks to assist with placing children for adoption in homes that seek to do the same.
We have no plans to change our requirements for adoptive couples to adopt from us. At their next Board meeting, there will be discussion about the policy manual and if there is need for any clarifying statements in regard to same-sex marriages, but we do know of other agencies who place with same-sex couples and we will suggest these opportunities to any inquiries we have going forward just as we have in the past.
If you would like to see our complete policy manual or have any further questions, please contact our Administrator, Pat Larson.
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