(CBN) – Michigan-based Bethany Christian Services announced Monday it will begin placing children in LGBTQ families nationwide. Bethany, one of the country’s largest adoption and foster care agencies, started offering services to gay couples in 2019 after a legal settlement.
The company has assisted with 3,406 foster placements and 1,123 adoptions in 2019 and provides services in 32 states. The new policy approved by the organization’s board does not include the phrase “LGBTQ,” but says it will “implement a nationwide policy of inclusivity in order to serve all families across Bethany’s core service lines.”
The international agency will begin training all its employees, including those at locations that have not worked with gay couples. CBN News received the following emailed statement from Bethany:
“For the past 75 years, Bethany Christian Services has never wavered from our mission of demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus to children and families. We help families stay together, we reunify families who are separated, and we help vulnerable children find safe, stable homes when they cannot remain in their own.” READ MORE