Foster Parenting and Religion

From BK v. New Hampshire Dep’t of Health and Human Services (D.N.H. Mar. 7, 2012):

This case raises the potentially important issue of whether state authorities violate the free exercise rights of children, or their parents, under the First Amendment by placing the children with foster families who subject them to practices abhorrent to their faiths. In this case, the plaintiffs are Hindi who allege that the foster families fed the children beef and took them to Christian religious services.

The court, however, has not yet dealt with this issue; the March 7 decision deals only with the state sovereign immunity question, and concludes that some defendants are entitled to such immunity and others aren’t.

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