Philadelphia cuts lifeline for kids needing foster care


The city of Philadelphia is prioritizing “political grandstanding over the needs of children,” advertising an “urgent” need for foster care even as it cuts off offers of help from Catholic Social Services, charges a lawsuit.

Represented by the non-profit Becket, Sharonell Fulton and other foster parents are asking a Philadelphia court to overturn a new city policy that banishes them from the foster care system.

Philadelphia ended CSS participation in foster care programs “solely because the city disagrees with the agency’s religious beliefs,” according to Becket.

The legal team explained that in March the city issued an urgent call for 300 new foster


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