CNS reports that Catholic adoption services are ending in England, as a result of government insistence that children be placed with same-sex couples. In the Diocese of Lancaster, “the trustees of the adoption agency … voted to cut ties with the church in order to continue the agency’s work and to protect the jobs of 200 staff involved in a range of social work.”
The other consideration rather than splitting with the bishop or bowing out of the adoption effort entirely, is to retool and serve as advocates for prospective adoptive parents instead. With millions of parentless children worldwide, it is imperative that more couples come forward to adopt these boys and girls.
Sitting back and waiting for good couples to come isn’t effective. Infighting about same-sex or single parents is a waste of energy and effort. A child will always be better off in a stable, emotionally healthy home than in foster care. The priority of church and secular adoption agencies should be to empty foster homes and institutions as much as prudently possible.
There’s no lack of work that needs to get done. Prospective parents can be identified. Classes, workshops, and seminars can be offered. Parents can be trained and prepared for adopting older children. Support groups can be set up and monitored. Catholic agencies closing up shop completely is worse than if they compromised what they felt were vital religious ideals.