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Families

The Church recognizes the family unit as the foundation given by nature to all human society and future generations. The Conference supports legislation that promotes the stability of marriages and the families. Mothers and fathers should be afforded every opportunity to raise their children in a stable and nurturing home.  All families raising children, whether they are headed by biological, adoptive, or single parents, grandparents or guardians must have access to decent jobs and family-friendly work environments, safe child care and excellent education. Public policies should support all parents in every aspect of daily life and further parents’ ability to provide the basic necessities of food, clothing, housing and healthcare for their children. 

The Conference also supports policies that promote adoption and resources to assist adoptive families. Pope Saint John Paul II said that to “adopt a child is a great work of love.”  Public policy should support parents who choose to provide a stable home for children without biological parents. Resources should be allocated to promote the ability of prospective adoptive parents to navigate the often arduous and costly process of providing loving adoptive homes.        

All of the priorities of the Conference’s Department of Education, Children and Families are, through various avenues, extrinsically tied to the promotion of strong families, whether it be access to a quality education or promotion of systems of social justice that affect the daily stability of Maryland’s families. To learn more about why the Church prioritizes the family unit as the foundation of our society, please see Pope Francis 2016 Apostolic Exhortation, entitled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).” 

Families have the right to “to be able to count on an adequate family policy on the part of public authorities in the juridical, economic, social and fiscal domains.”  

- Amoris Laetitia, 44, referencing Relatio Synodi 2014, 5.