Foster Care: An Essential Call

Foster care is at the heart of Christian life, and yet it can often be at the peripheries of our public conversations and even parish life. At a time when the need for foster parents is on the increase, as so many anxieties and addictions rise to the service in this pandemic, how can we get more involved? How can we support those who need support? How can we make sure children are in safe and stable homes? And why is a Supreme Court case in the fall critical to this all?

Our speakers will be Melissa Buck, a foster and adoptive mother whose court case was argued by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, legal advisor & senior fellow at the Catholic Association (who has written an amicus brief on the Philadelphia adoption case before the Supreme Court), and Sarah Zagorski, former foster child and activist.

About the Speakers

Melissa Buck has five beautiful children adopted through the foster care system. Having been a foster parent for ten years, Melissa now spends her time mentoring foster parents and advocating for foster children, parents, and agencies.

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Sarah Zagorski is a life, foster care and adoption advocate with years of experience in the pro-life movement.

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Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is Legal Advisor for The Catholic Association Foundation.  Andrea’s legal career has been dedicated to civil rights advocacy.

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Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society, and editor-at-large of National Review.  

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Posted on May 29, 2020