As you may know by now, foster care and adoption are topics the National Review Institute’s Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society has been focusing more and more on. In May, I hosted a forum on foster care with some inspiring speakers who are foster parents, researchers, and other leaders. The incoming head of the Catholic bishop’s pro-life activities office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann talked about how foster-care and adoption are essential pro-life issues and Charmaine Yoest from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy emphasized the urgency of prioritizing these on account of the opioid crisis that has the foster-care system in unsustainable shape.
My friend Dr. Grazie Christie couldn’t make it to D.C. for the forum but wanted to contribute to the effort and sent along this video, which is in no small part personal testimony as an adoptive mother who has tremendous gratitude for the birth mother of her little one.
And it is also in part a plea, an urgent plea right about now: Let families choose faith-based providers if they please, don’t push them out of foster care and adoption because of their faith’s teachings about marriage. Watch her here: