Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Today's Families - #2966 - Where Have All the Children Gone? - Citizen Link (2) Federal Legislation Threatens Faith-Based Adoption Agencies - Citizen Link

In ages past, children were the lifeblood of U.S. neighborhoods.  Now, as USA Today reports, many neighborhoods seem nearly silent. Where have all the children gone?  According to the newspaper’s analysis of the 2010 Census, the share of the population younger than 18 has dropped in 95 percent of U.S. counties since 2000. In fact, the number of U.S. households that have children younger than 18 has not changed since 2000 — despite a 9.7 percent growth in the U.S. population.  That means there are now more households with dogs than children, according to USA Today.  Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, called it a sad trend.  There is tremendous value in children,” he wrote on his blog today. “There is nothing sweeter than the sound of a little person playing and laughing. To see a child is to stand in awe of our Creator.“We would be hard pressed to find a better way to invest our time than in the life of a little girl or boy.”  Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies at Focus, said children also help to shape adults into better citizens.  Read more........

Federal Legislation Threatens Faith-Based Adoption Agencies - Citizen Link - Under a bill sitting in the U.S. House, faith-based adoption agencies would be forced to choose between closing their doors and violating their religious beliefs.  The deceptively titled Every Child Deserves a Family Act would force any group that receives federal aid to place kids in foster families and adoptive families without regard to the sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status of the prospective parents.  It would have the effect of either banning Christian adoption agencies or forbidding them from acting on their faith convictions and their moral convictions in terms of what is in the best interest of a child,” Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told the Catholic News Agency.  Catholic Charities, the largest private network of social service organizations in the nation, has already ended adoption services in several cities because of similar local and state restrictions.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has 52 co-sponsors in the House. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is expected to introduce similar legislation in the Senate.  Read more........  ACTION:  Please call your representative in Congress regarding this bill.  In Virginia, 5th District,  Robert Hurt, 202-225-4711

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