Philadelphia stops foster care intakes due to LGBT discrimination

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2018 3:19 AM

FILE PHOTO: - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, a woman holds a rainbow flag during the NYC Pride Parade in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Philadelphia) -- The city of Philadelphia has stopped two faith-based agencies from placing foster children after learning the agencies discriminate against LGBTQ people.

The city's Department of Human Services ended foster-care intake with Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services, pending an investigation by the Commission on Human Relations.

DHS spokeswoman Heather Keafer says 233 children placed with families through the organizations will remain in their homes, but new placements will stop.

The decision follows a previous report by the Philadelphia Inquirer that found the agencies would not work with LGBTQ people or same-sex couples despite receiving city funding.

The agencies receive a combined $3 million annually in reimbursement funds from the city.

City contracts prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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