Disabled Foster Child Exiled because Philadelphia War on Christianity.

An autistic foster child got taken from his foster mother because she worked with a Catholic agency.

I reported on Philadelphia’s war on Christians and orphans under the headline, “Philadelphia Keeps Foster Children Orphaned because Christianity Is Illegal.” Some probably thought the headline was exaggerated. But it was understated. Philadelphia social services didn’t just keep a foster child orphaned; it tried to re-orphan a foster child!

As you read the story below remember that the rationale offered for this monstrosity is that there are LGBTQ children who must not be mistreated. Other children are fair game, apparently.

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The Federalist reports, “This Woman’s Autistic Foster Son Was Ripped From Her Arms Because She Works With Catholics.”

After Philadelphia cut ties with Catholic Social Services because of the organization’s religious teachings on marriage and family, an autistic boy was kept from returning to his foster mother’s home for weeks, causing both great distress. He has just been reunited with his family, who plan to adopt him.

After being yanked from his foster family, the boy spent weeks languishing in temporary homes instead of being returned to his home because of the agency’s religious beliefs. During that time, he didn’t receive the therapy and specialized care he needs. Ultimately the child was returned to his adoptive family after The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty got involved and fought for their reunion. But the city’s new policy, which targets the faith-based organization for its teachings on marriage and family, remains in place, affecting countless other children and parents.

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Shortly after the boy was removed from Doe Foster Mother #1’s home, she received a call from a social worker informing her that an emergency situation had occurred at boy’s new home and that he and all of the other children living there had been removed from that new home. She was asked if she would like to have the boy back, to which she replied: “Bring my son home.”

Later that same day, she was informed that the city’s Department of Human Services had denied her request because she worked with Catholic Social Services (CSS). Instead, the boy would be shuffled to a temporary respite home then moved to another home at a later date. Autistic children particularly need stability and predictability to feel secure.

The boy’s school recently called the Doe Foster Mother #1 to ask why he had not been attending his special classes and therapy sessions tailored to his needs. A social worker informed the mother that he was having trouble eating and using the restroom in ways that had not been the case before his sudden removal. In her written declaration, the mother said she was worried he was regressing.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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