Foster care agency granted religious exemption

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has granted a faith-based foster care agency in South Carolina an exemption to a regulation barring religious discrimination in federally funded foster care programs. Miracle Hill Ministries serves Christian families. Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for children and families at HHS …

Miracle Hill Ministries serves Christian families. Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for children and families at HHS, says the issue is a matter of religious freedom.

“The government should not be in the business of forcing foster care providers to close their doors because of their faith,” Johnson said in a statement.

Civil rights organizations and non-Protestant religious groups are preparing for a court battle to determine whether service providers who receive federal funds can discriminate based on faith. (TAB)

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