Kentucky Adoption Religious Freedom Bill (HB 160)
This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2019
HB 160 would allow a religious organization or an individual employed by a religious organization to refuse to provide foster care or adoption services to a person if the action would cause the organization or individual to violate a “sincerely held religious belief.”
The bill defines “foster care or adoption services” to mean social services provided to or on behalf of children. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Assisting abused or neglected children;
- Teaching children and parents occupational, homemaking, and other domestic skills;
- Promoting foster parenting;
- Providing foster homes, residential care, group homes, or temporary group shelters for children;
- Recruiting of foster parents;
- Placing children in foster homes;
- Operation of foster homes;
- Promoting adoption or recruiting adoptive parents;
- Assisting adoptions or supporting adoptive families;
- Performing or assisting home studies;
- Assisting kinship care givers or fictive kin caregivers;
- Providing family preservation services;
- Providing family support services; and
- Providing temporary or permanent family reunification services.
The bill would protect a person or entity that refuses such services due to religious beliefs from any civil or criminal cause of action by the state.
If passed, the law would allow child adoption and foster placement agencies the right to discriminate in, or refuse, the services they offer to LGBTQ families and children.
1/11/19 – Introduced.