Kentucky officials have reached an agreement over how the state will oversee treatment of foster children placed with private agencies.
The settlement came from a two decades-old federal lawsuit alleging religious coercion of children and discrimination of LGBTQ people by Sunrise Children’s Services. Sunrise is a religious-based agency run by the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation for Church and State said they reached the settlement with state officials last week.
Kentucky officials have agreed to take steps to try to ensure children are not subject to religious proselytization and discrimination because of sexual orientation, according to a news release from the ACLU and Americans United.