Foster bills sent to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

Proposals pit religious liberty against what critics say is best interest of children

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Medical assistant Brenda Resendiz, left, cleans the injection site on the arm of Alexa Raymundo, 4, as her mom, Elizabeth Pedro Raymundo, of Hixson, comforts her before her vaccinations at LifeSpring Community Health in 2022.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Medical assistant Brenda Resendiz, left, cleans the injection site on the arm of Alexa Raymundo, 4, as her mom, Elizabeth Pedro Raymundo, of Hixson, comforts her before her vaccinations at LifeSpring Community Health in 2022.


As supporters see it, a pair of bills passed in recent days by the Tennessee General Assembly would expand the pool of potential foster and adoptive parents by ensuring the state Department of Children's Services doesn't discriminate against them for their religious or moral beliefs.

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