by Sarah Torre, Ryan T. Anderson
The Heritage Foundation
January 15, 2014
Foster care and adoption policy should put the best interests of children first. Public policy therefore should seek to increase the likelihood of adoption by removing barriers to families that are seeking to adopt and providers that are seeking to place children in need of a home. Achieving this goal requires a public policy that provides freedom to the diverse groups that serve the needs of children. Provided these agencies meet basic requirements protecting the welfare of children, they should be free to operate according to their values, especially their religiously informed beliefs about marriage.