Even With Catholic Charities Out of the Picture, Illinois Foster Children Are Doing Just Fine

After Illinois began allowing civil unions last year, the Catholic Charities groups in the state (which handled foster children) were worried that they would have to put kids in the homes of gay or lesbian couples (oh, the horror!). But since they received taxpayer money for their work, they had no right to discriminate. So instead of doing the right thing for the children, they opted to shut down altogether.

Catholic Charities didn’t want to see this happen

The state was fine with that. In fact, they didn’t even bother to renew its foster care and adoption contracts with any of the Catholic Charities groups.

At the time, the Catholic leaders complained that by not allowing them to discriminate against gay and lesbian parents, the state — the state! — was doing a disservice to the children.

So why bring this up now?

Because there are new players in the adoption and foster care business in Illinois and all the children under Catholic care in the past have been transferred without a problem.

In other words, the children are fine and the Catholics can’t be bigots with taxpayer funding. Wins all around!

The State Journal-Register based in Springfield has more:

“I’m glad to say in the process of transferring Catholic Charities’ contracts to other private agencies, no children were removed from homes, no foster families lost, as had been predicted,” DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said.

Foster care cases in the Springfield area are now divided between Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois, which has handled area foster care cases since the early 1990s, and The Center for Youth & Family Solutions, which acquired the cases formerly overseen by Catholic Charities for the Dioceses of Springfield and Peoria.

Let this be a lesson to Catholic Charities: You can be bigots all you want, but the taxpayers don’t have to support your screwed-up beliefs. We’ll get by just fine without you.

(Thanks to Don for the link!)

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  • Baby_Raptor

    Did anyone expect any different? 

  • Don Gwinn

    Well, to be honest. . . this is Illinois.  No process is immune to corruption or general weirdness, so you never know.

  • Dorfl

    Taking your ball and going home works better if you actually have a ball, I guess.

    • jdm8

      They probably thought they had the ball! At least they pretended to. They seemed to have treated the funding as an entitlement, that they can and must use taxpayer funding as a means to push their religious objectives.

  • jose

    Oh, we can’t teach them to be bigots like us? Then fuck them, we’re leaving. Very compassionate!

    Let this be an example of just how much they care about the actual children as opposed to the opportunity to inculcate their religion on them.

  • OCRazor

    This is encouraging news!  Now on to the next irrelevant Catholic organization!

  • smrnda

    I knew someone who worked for Catholic charities. She said almost all of the funding came from the state, the majority of workers were not Catholic (at least at her location) so any griping about placing kids with same sex couples was being made by members of an organization who really weren’t running the place to begin with. (The person I know now works for a secular agency which employs exactly the same people that the local catholic charities used to.)

    It’s important to contrast the alleged ‘leadership’ of catholic charities and their homophobic viewpoints with the actual workers. Also, if the workers didn’t object, whose conscience was being violated in the first place? If a few did, they could have handed some cases over to workers who didn’t object.

    • Stev84

      They are receiving almost 3 billion dollars in government funding per year. Only about 150 million comes directly from the church. Out of a total budget of about 4.7 billion.

      And yeah, it’s certainly true that the bishops decided this on their own. They often did it over the objection and protest of the people who run the charity.

  • Pluto Animus

    So when Catholics don’t get their way, they wage a War on Orphans.

    Charming.

    • Deven Kale

       I don’t know if I would actually call it a war. Yes, they decided they cared less about the health and safety of these children than being able to discriminate against homosexual couples; nobody (but them) will deny that. But calling it a war seems a bit extreme.

  • Octoberfurst

       One thing that really annoyed me the most about this whole debacle was how Catholic Charities blamed the State for them shutting their doors. They did it with soup kitchens and other charity work too. Just because the State said that if you get State money then you can’t discriminate they got all self-righteous and said, “Well I guess we will just have to close our doors and let the poor fend for themselves.”  Arrogant a–holes! Yeah their right to be bigoted superceded their duty to the homeless and the hungry.  And then they had to gall to go around and whine about how the big bad State “forced” them to shut down their operations.  “Think of the children!” they cried!  I just wanted to say to them  “Oh shut up! YOU made the decision to shut down so stop playing martyr!”  

    • amycas

       “Just because the State said that if you get State money then you can’t
      discriminate they got all self-righteous and said, “Well I guess we will
      just have to close our doors and let the poor fend for themselves.” ”

      This is why I don’t agree with conservatives who say that we should end publicly funded welfare* programs and have poor people rely on private charity and organizations.

      *by “welfare” I mean it in the general sense, not specifically the program in this country called “Welfare”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002600332230 Eric Miller

    Anyone that 1. lives in Illinois and 2. has paid attention the the vast corruption of our state understands that DCFS is horribly corrupt. You cannot trust anything they say unless it’s backed up by stats or proof of some kind. http://calltoawareness.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-failure-of-atheism-how-new-atheists.html

    • Dorfl

      Are you sure that link is to the correct address?

      I read the blog post you linked to and I can’t see that it has anything to do with the subject we’re discussing.

      • Randomfactor

         Or reality in general.

    • Marco

      Couldn’t you just have posted this in some other,  more relevant post. This is an atheist blog. If you want to post nonsense about atheism in general I have no doubt you could find a more generic post where your link would at least been relevant.

      Instead, you post it in an article about foster care? 
      The blog would still be a bunch of bullshit. Trite and tired bullshit at that, but at least it would have been relevant to the discussion. 

      I know what happened: you wrote that nonsense and just could not wait to post it here. Like a child with a new toy. 

    • Deven Kale

      The moral question again? Really? That’s the best thing you have to offer? Please…

    • Sven

      Cool blogspam, bro.

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      You cannot trust anything they say unless it’s backed up by stats or proof of some kind.

      This is good advice, and we already employ it on a regular basis, including your blog.  If you’re going to advocate skepticism, you need to have consistent standards for what passes as credible evidence that you apply to everything, rather than having conveniently flexible standards that suddenly become extremely low when looking at your own personal assertions and assumptions.

      Please go whore your blog somewhere else.

    • allein

      Evertonian?


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