Other states have adopted religious exemptions that allow Catholic and other Christian organizations to continue providing their services in a manner they feel is best for the children placed. Washington D.C. has no such exemption.
Naturally, plenty of people are decrying the decision to end foster care as placing theology above the welfare of the children but the Catholic League poses an apt analogy to put this in perspective.
“If Planned Parenthood were told that as a condition of public funding it had to refer Catholic women having second thoughts about abortion to a crisis pregnancy center, it would scream violation of church and state, refuse the money and end this program”
If the lawmakers in D.C. would like the Church to continue placing children then why not allow them to do so in a way that doesn’t contravene the Church’s beliefs?