Catholic Social Workers have a responsibility to participate actively in political life. Our advocacy efforts and priorities will be consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. CSWNA will continue to promote human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. We will protect the right to life, religious freedom, marriage, strengthen families, and work to ensure human rights protect the poor and vulnerable in communities. Many of the issues will impact us as professionals working in the social work field and as faithful Catholics. It is important we let our voices be heard.
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(2017) ACTIVE ISSUES:
Support the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) protects the religious liberties of child welfare service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies. The Act would prohibit the federal government and any state that receives certain federal funding from discriminating against child welfare service providers on the basis that they decline to provide a child welfare service that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions. The Inclusion Act is needed because child welfare service providers are being discriminated against because of their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. For example, certain religiously-affiliated charities in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and the District of Columbia have had to stop adoption and foster care services because of requirements imposed upon them to place children in households headed by two persons of the same sex. Also, women and men who want to place their children for adoption should be free to choose from a diversity of adoption agencies, including those that share the parents' religious beliefs and moral convictions. The Inclusion Act recognizes and respects this parental choice. The Inclusion Act has been introduced in both the House (H.R. 1881) and the Senate (S. 811).
*Source: USCCB Action Center