Catholic charity group says it will end adoption services
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Catholic charity group in Buffalo says it will end foster care and adoption services next year over state regulations that bar discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo says it is phasing out the program because it cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Catholic Charities services are under contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services until March 2019.
The charity is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
The program currently includes 55 certified foster homes. Charity officials say they are working with county and state officials to support a smooth transition.