Two foster agencies shut down for denying LGBT people in service

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A Philadelphia council has shut down two foster agencies after they were found to reject potential foster carers because of their sexuality or gender identity. The two agencies, named Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services have received about $3 million in funding from the city council to provide foster care for orphans. A same-sex couple who approached Bethany Christian Services about becoming foster parents were not allowed to do this a couple of months ago. Catholic Social Services told the Inquirer and Daily News it also does not work with LGBTQ people interested in being foster parents. The department is also reviewing policies of all 26 foster care agencies on their books and trying to find more potential foster carers, in part among LGBT population.

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