Foster care children win with Governor’s signing of HB 3859

Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 3859 into law today, allowing people and institutions with sincerely held religious beliefs the opportunity to serve children in the foster care system without violating their consciences.

"We are very grateful to Governor Abbott  for signing HB 3859, and for all of the hard work of Rep. James Frank and Senator Charles Perry to pass this bill that will allow faith based foster care and adoption agencies in Texas to serve the children of Texas while maintaining our faith teachings," said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. "Our ministries throughout the state are actively seeking new ways to be of service to the children of Texas and welcome all people of goodwill to join us in these endeavors."