Displaying 30+ Stories
Allow Ads

NY Faith-Based Adoption Agency Wins Case, Can Keep Finding Homes for Children: 'Praise the Lord'


A federal judge ruled that New York state can not force or shut down a Christian family services agency for declining to provide adoption services to unmarried persons or same-sex couples.

New Hope Family Services said it could only provide adoption services to married heterosexual couples because of religious beliefs after the state amended its Domestic Relations Law in 2010, according to court filings

The new law gave unmarried adult couples and married couples, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the right to adopt. 

As CBN News reported, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) issued an ultimatum to the adoption group telling the faith-based organization to revise its "discriminatory and impermissible" policy or stop providing families for children who need them.

In 2018, the Syracuse-based group filed a lawsuit against the OCFS claiming the agency violated their freedom of religion. 

U.S. District Court Judge Mae A. D'Agostino in Albany cited free speech protections Tuesday granting New Hope a summary judgment and ruling the state agency couldn't compel New Hope to provide adoption services to unmarried or same-sex couples.

"Praise the Lord," the group wrote on Facebook. "Victory in our court case! Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support!"

"The court's decision is great news for children waiting to be adopted and for the parents partnering with New Hope Family Services to provide loving, stable homes," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel, Roger Brooks.

Since 1965, New Hope's mission is "to be Christ's hands extended to offer hope and help to people with pregnancy, parenting, adoption or post-abortion needs in the Syracuse area and throughout the State of New York." 

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***

"Shutting down an adoption provider for its religious beliefs—needlessly and unconstitutionally reducing the number of agencies willing to help—benefits no one—certainly not children," Brooks added. "New Hope's faith-guided services don't coerce anyone and do nothing to interfere with other adoption providers who have different beliefs about family and the best interests of children."
"It's regrettable that New York ever threatened to shut down our adoption services, through which we have placed more than 1,000 children with adoptive families since we began as an adoption agency in 1965," said New Hope's executive director, Kathy Jerman.

"We live in a diverse state, and we need more adoption providers, not fewer," she expressed. "We're grateful that the court's decision allows us to keep serving children and families."

The Bible says that children are a blessing from the Lord. Do you have questions about children, parenting, discipline, or family life? CBN has wonderful resources for you!

Need prayer? We’re available 24/7. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer.

Learn why Truth Matters at CBN News.
CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! You can help bring hope today!
Bring Hope

Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.