San Francisco Catholic Charities Ends Relationship with the US’ “Gayest Adoption Agency”

Mon Oct 6, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST

By Hilary White

SAN FRANCISCO, October 6, 2008 ( - Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced it will be cutting ties with the adoption agency, Family Builders by Adoption, which focuses on placing children with homosexuals. 

Jill Jacobs, executive director of Family Builders by Adoption, told Our Sunday Visitor, "The funding from Catholic Charities is ending this [budget] year." Catholic Charities provides two staff members to the organization, at an annual cost of US $250,000. Family Builders by Adoption advertises itself as "the gayest adoption agency in the country," that is committed by contract to "increasing the number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) adults."

Archdiocesan spokesman, Maurice Healy, did not give reasons for the change, saying only that the archdiocese’s relationship with Family Builders "was not envisioned as being long term."

The archdiocese struck the deal with Family Builders by Adoption in 2006.

Archbishop George Niederauer had received instructions from the Vatican to cease allowing homosexual persons to adopt children through the Catholic agency. San Francisco’s homosexual activist mayor, Gavin Newsom, then threatened to withdraw funding from Catholic Charities. The city’s board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, accusing the Vatican of being a "meddling ... foreign country" and demanding that Niederauer "defy" the directive.

Rather than follow the lead of Boston’s Catholic archdiocese, which closed its adoption services rather than be associated with homosexual adoption, San Francisco Catholic Charities side-stepped Catholic teaching on the intrinsic immorality of homosexual adoption by partnering with Family Builders. Archbishop Niederauer told media that he regarded it as a case of "remote cooperation" with what the Church teaches is an act of violence against children.

It is unclear how or if Catholic Charities will handle homosexual adoptions after severing its ties with Family Builders.

See related coverage:

Catholic-Affiliated Adoption Agency Recruiting Homosexual Adoptive Parents

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