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In US state of Michigan, settlement lets faith agencies deny LGBT adoptions

US Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

Lansing, MichiganAP Faith-based adoption agencies that contract with the US state of Michigan can refuse to place children with same-sex couples under a proposed settlement filed in federal court Tuesday, months after the US Supreme Court ruled for a Catholic charity in a similar case. The state Department of Health and Human Services said the high […]

Ireland to give adopted people their records to end “historic wrong”

Ireland Tuam Catholic church home

Dublin, IrelandReuters Ireland will allow adopted people automatic access to their birth records for the first time under new laws the government hopes will end a “historic wrong”, including for thousands sent for adoption in secret by Catholic institutions. International laws say all children should be able to establish their identity but tens of thousands […]

Vatican novelty to start New Year as Pope urges adoption

Vatican Paul VI Hall Pope Francis adoption

Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis called Wednesday for simplified adoption procedures and urged couples to have more children as he presided over his first general audience of the New Year with a novel supporting cast that emphasised his call for a less-clericalised Catholic Church. For the first time, a layman and a nun provided the English […]

Bethany Christian Services in the US to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt, foster children

US Bethany Christian Services Grand Rapids

RNS Bethany Christian Services, the country’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, will begin serving LGBTQ couples, a significant change for the evangelical outfit and a sign of the growing cultural shift. Bethany, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with offices in 32 states, announced the change in an email to employees on […]