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Similar conflicts have sprouted up across the country in recent years as states have legalized same-sex marriage.
Before laws started changing, religious-conflicted organizations could avoid working with LGBTQ people by requiring foster parents to be legally married, Cook said.
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The city’s Law Department is reviewing the issue while DHS works with the Human Relations Commission to investigate policies at both organizations, Keafer said.
The department is also reviewing policies of all 26 foster care agencies it works with.
Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said Catholic Social Services wasn’t aware of any recent inquiries from same-sex couples but confirmed that the organization would not work with interested LGBTQ people if approached.
“How do you pretend you can simultaneously say we serve all youth and do a good job serving all youth while at the same time you’re saying same-sex couples are not real parents, are not good parents? “LGBT youth who have faced so much isolation, stigma, prejudice in the system are left wondering, ‘What’s going to happen if I come out, and I’m being served by parents or an agency that basically says trans parents, LGBT people, aren’t good parents?
Megan Paszko spent countless hours researching how to become a foster parent in Philadelphia. “The trainer approached us, and she was really nice, but she told us, ‘I just want to be upfront. “There are so many kids out there who need homes, you’re really going to deny them a good one?