Ill. Dioceses Suspend Adoption Licensing


Two Illinois Catholic Charities agencies have suspended licensing new foster care and adoptive parents following the state’s enactment of a civil unions law.

??Glenn Van Cura, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, told The Advocate that his office is not accepting applications for new foster care or adoptive parents pending further clarification from the governor and attorney general’s office.

“What we want to make clear is that according to our beliefs, with any cohabitating couple, whether homosexual or heterosexual, we don’t refer to licensing. It’s just part of our social teaching,” Van Cura said.

Catholic Charities handles about 20% of the state’s foster care and adoptions and is paid about $30 million a year for its services.