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Peoria Catholic Charities: new organization emerges after same-sex adoption law

Catholic World News - March 13, 2012

Following the passage of Illinois legislation that compelled adoption and foster-care agencies to place children with homosexual couples or close their doors, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria ceased to provide adoption and foster-care services. According to a recent statement by Bishop Daniel Jenky, the agency no longer receives state funding.

Most of the staff of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria have joined the newly-formed Center for Youth and Family Solutions, which provides adoption and foster-care services.

“The big difference is the center has no affiliation with the Catholic Church,” said Celeste Matheson of the Center for Youth and Family Solutions, who until recently was director of advancement for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. “The greatest thing about this is more people are going to be helped, because we're going to be able to continue our work with child welfare. In essence, there will be more services available in central Illinois.”

The executive director of the Center for Youth and Family Solutions is Patricia Fox, who had previously served as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. Likewise, the chief operating officer of the Center for Youth and Family Solutions is Anthony Riordan, who had previously served as chief operating officer of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria’s current ministries include Hispanic outreach, a food pantry, and senior services.

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  • Posted by: joecober6835 - Mar. 14, 2012 4:43 PM ET USA

    It is my understanding that the organization is no longer tied to the Church.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 14, 2012 1:38 AM ET USA

    State law requires that adoption and foster care services include same-sex couples.

  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Mar. 14, 2012 12:23 AM ET USA

    So now the adoption and foster-care services will continue with state money, able to (forced to) place kids with same-sex couples, and the Diocese can wash their hands of the immorality. What do you want to bet that, starting about 20 years from now, there will be lawsuits from the poor kids who were placed in those unnatural "families", and so need therapy, etc.? At least they won't be suing the Church.

  • Posted by: Peter - Mar. 13, 2012 7:39 PM ET USA

    Can someone answer this: does the Center for Youth and Family Solutions arrange adoptions and/or foster care for homosexual couples? The article did not make that clear.

  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 13, 2012 6:41 PM ET USA

    The name change is as Orwellian as the purpose behind it.

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Mar. 13, 2012 6:35 PM ET USA

    And children will now be placed into same-sex homes! And the Bishop engineered and approved this? This sounds like an Obama solution. I suppose they will also provide contraception, sterialization and abortion services. How does this speak well for the Church???????

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Mar. 13, 2012 1:18 PM ET USA

    Why doesn't Sr. Keehan drop Catholic from CHA and rename to Family Solutions HealthCare so she'll get lots of tax money, no one is out of a job and the hospitals can offer compassionate pre-birth solutions as well as quality euthenasia wards. What's stopping this from happening to Catholic healthcare?

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