Philadelphia has taken a wrong turn in its attempts to handle the city’s growing foster care crisis.

Last month, the city put out an urgent call for 300 families to provide foster care to help care for the flood of children coming into the system due to the opioid crisis.

Just a few days later, right in its moment of need, the city halted the child placements of Catholic Social Services and Bethany Christian Services to investigate whether these agencies had violated the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance, a policy that prohibits “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some religious adoption agencies opt to place children only with mother-father parents, in accord with their deeply held religious convictions. This includes some of the oldest and highest-performing adoption agencies in the country.

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