(The hat tip on this goes to the BBC Radio Four Sunday Programme who mentioned this letter on this morning’s show–KSH).
In January 2007, the Johnses applied to Derby City Council to be respite carers for a single child aged five to 10 years old. However, in August 2007, their orthodox Christian views on the practice of homosexuality and their commitment to attending church with their children came to the notice of a social worker.
As a result, they were withdrawn from the process and deemed “unsuitable” to foster through the council.
The Johnses believe that the desperate shortage of foster carers, and the need for people like them to offer short-term respite care for parents in need of a rest, mean that denying Christians the opportunity to be carers will deeply affect children’s welfare.