Michigan Adoption Ruling Update

State Attorney General Dana Nessel along with the state Department and Human Services sought for a judge’s injunction to be halted that preserved the rights of religious adoption agencies to deny placement of children with parents based on religious beliefs. Federal Judge Robert Jonker has denied this request to halt rule based on his opinion that “the state attorney’s offered nothing new” and “failed to come to grips with the factual basis supporting an interference that Nessel engaged in “religious targeting.” At this time, Nessel denies the hostility. Luckily, Michigan cannot turn away families that take in state-supervised children, only private agencies.