Washington parents denied foster care license sue state over gender ideology

(The Center Square) – After nine years serving as foster parents in Washington state, Shane and Jennifer DeGross say they have lost their foster care license because of their religious beliefs concerning gender identity policies.

The couple has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families.

“Washington state officials are putting their own ideological agenda ahead of children who just need a loving home,” Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the couple, told The Center Square. “The DeGrosses were told that based on new regulations passed in Washington as of 2022, they would be required to disavow their religious beliefs if they wanted to continue being foster parents.”

Widmalm-Delphonse explained that foster parents in Washington must now accommodate gender-affirming and sexual identity language and care for any child in their custody.

“Washington is putting families like the DeGrosses
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