Pro-Family Group Wants Parental Notification on Homosexual Mentors

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - A pro-family group is calling on Congress to require that public schools that sponsor Big Brother, Big Sister programs notify parents if a proposed mentor is homosexual.

As previously reported, the Big Brother, Big Sister program recently implemented a policy that bans discrimination against open homosexuals who want to serve as volunteers and mentors to children at 500 affiliates nationwide.

In his letter to Congress, Eugene Delgaudio, executive director of Public Advocate of the U.S., warned that under the new policy, parents "will not be told of the adult's sexual preference," a policy he says "puts children at risk."

"Action must be taken to protect these Little Brothers and Little Sisters," Delgaudio wrote.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) instituted the policy change July 1, to forbid the exclusion of any mentor on the basis of "race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability."

"What it says is that you cannot be excluded for consideration as an employee or a volunteer or a mentor if you belong to a certain number of groups ... because of religion, race, any number of categories," Noreen Shanfelter, spokeswoman for BBBSA, told

However, because the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program serves "essentially as an agent" to the nation's public schools, according to Delgaudio, the BBBSA should adhere to a different hiring policy.

"No agency of a government-sponsored public school should knowingly hand over minor children under eighteen to adult homosexuals as a matter of policy," Delgaudio wrote.

"It is a tragedy that a group that has provided worthy programs for children is recklessly abandoning the well being of children to satisfy the radical homosexual lobby," he added.

"As Americans, we condemn NAMBLA (The North American Man Boy Love Association) and those that have invaded the Catholic Church for their own sexual agenda, because they victimize innocent children. It is time that we protect the rights of Little Brothers and Little Sisters like we have protected the rights of Boy Scouts," Delgaudio concluded.

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