Alberta Family Services Reverses Rejection of Adoption Application Over Couple’s Beliefs About Sexuality

ALBERTA, Canada — Alberta Child and Family Services has reversed its original rejection of a couple’s adoption application due to their biblical beliefs about sexuality.

According to reports, the couple, which has only been identified as C.D. and N.D., filed the application in October 2016. The case was assigned to Catholic Social Services, which conducted interviews and compiled a home study. The couple had desired to adopt an older child that needed a forever family.

During the interviews, the couple was asked how they would handle a situation in which a child questioned their sexuality or engaged in “sexual exploration.” They responded that they would provide loving guidance to the young person in the midst of their struggles.

In March 2017, Catholic Social Services contacted the couple to advise that Alberta Child and Family Services had follow-up questions regarding their views on sexuality. The couple then responded to those questions via email, reiterating that they would teach the child in accordance with their biblical views, but ultimately, the child’s decision on how to comport their conduct is up to themselves.

“The applicants reiterated their commitment to treating any child in their care with unconditional love, respect and compassion regardless of what the child chose to do, and regardless of the child’s sexual behavior,” a complaint filed on behalf of the couple by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms reads.

“The applicants further explained that they would teach any children in their care what they believe about all aspects of human existence, including sexuality, but they understand children will decide for themselves what to think and how to behave.”

Catholic Social Services again emailed to advise that Alberta Child and Family Services had yet more questions about the subject matter, which the couple answered.

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Days later, the couple received a rejection letter from Catholic Social Services with a revised home study, which asserted that the couple would not be approved because they couldn’t “help” a child with “sexual identity issues.” The documents did not elaborate on why it was believed that the couple couldn’t help the child.

The couple appealed, but their efforts were unsuccessful. In meeting with two representatives of Alberta Child and Family Services, a caseworker and a supervisor, they were informed that their views on sexuality were a problem.

“The casework supervisor explained that Child and Family Services considered the applicants’ religious beliefs regarding sexuality a ‘rejection’ of children with LGBT sexual identities, and that this stance was the ‘official position of the Alberta government,'” the complaint outlines.

The couple then asked if there was a way that they could live in accordance with their biblical beliefs and still adopt, and were informed that Alberta Child and Family Services does not make decisions based on a family’s religious beliefs—a statement that they found to conflict with what had just occurred.

The couple filed a complaint with the Court of Queen’s Bench in November, and recently, Alberta Child and Family Services submitted a letter to the couple to advise that it had rescinded its denial and instead approved the adoption application.

“[T]he initial decision is rescinded and your application is now approved,” the letter read.

Read the letter in full here. 

“This decision to deny adoption access on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs violates all Canadians’ right to religious freedom and equality under the law as guaranteed in the Charter and in Alberta’s own Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act,” Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms President John Carpay said in a statement.

“We are pleased that Alberta Child and Family Services has recognized it was wrong to deny this couple’s adoption application,” he said.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    so these children must now be raised by those of a perverted mindset ….. and ONLY a perverted mindset …….. child abuse and pedophilia sanctioned by the state ………. WOW ………..

    • Robin Egg

      Yes, just like the two lesbians that drove their five minority children over a cliff to their violent horrifying death.

      • james blue

        Look up Sherin Mathews.

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        So heart breaking for the children they adopted. They didn’t have to kill them.

        • Susan Perelka

          2 Peter 2:8 ” For by what he (Lot) saw and heard, that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day, with their lawless deeds” NAS version

          I don’t know about you brethren, but this is how I feel everyday. I am weary of my tears that fall because of the things I see and hear about daily. How far away has this nation fallen from seeking God. God help us! The love of many has grown cold.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            This is the time we are seeing just how cold love is becoming. It makes me cry for those who cannot see what they have become. It breaks my heart when I think of their eternal future.

          • Susan Perelka

            My husband grieves every time he passes a cemetary. He always says, “How many of them didn’t know Jesus? How many of them could have been with God, if only they had accepted Jesus?” Our hearts ache for those in darkness. If only…… All we can do is keep warning them before it is too late, some will hear and be saved.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I know how your husband feels. Sometimes when I pray for the trolls on this site. I will ask God what if he or she would die tonight where were would he or she be? My heart grieves and aches for them. Some of them thinks we are hateful. But they don’t see the tears that are shed for them. They don’t understand that some of us really care doe them. If they only knew.

        • Caleb Weddle

          We don’t know if they DID kill them. They don’t have all the facts of the case yet.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            One thing that is known is that the children was drugged with something like benadryl. They were under an investigation concerning the children. But the one thing I will say is no matter what God, knows the truth of what really happened and why it happened.

      • Caleb Weddle

        What does the fact they were lesbians have to do with anything?

  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, The enemy is out to kill, steal, and destroy our children. LORD, help the innocent. Raise up more laborers to proclaim Your truth with boldness and confidence. Protect Your people, so that they may obey Your command to train up our children in the way they should go, according to Your Word. Expose the deception of the evil one, give us discernment and then wisdom on how to counter it. Show us how to put on the full armor of God and to stand with the shield of faith, which will quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one. Protect us from the evil one and sanctify us in Your truth, Your Word (Jesus Christ) is truth. We are Your people and You are our God. We run to You for help in these troubled times. We look to heaven and call upon Your name for deliverance from our enemies. Where does our help come from? Our help comes from the LORD God Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, of things seen and unseen. The One True God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Great I AM! You are over ALL things. Thank You Lord for the privilege to stand before Your throne of Grace because of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our eyes look to You. In Jesus precious name. AMEN!

  • Sounds like any child raised by this couple would be very fortunate to have loving parents who would not damage them psychologically in pushing them to be, in orientation, someone other than who they are. I applaud the decision to reverse the original decision.