The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that the state child welfare agency acted legally when it denied a couple’s application to become foster parents because they spanked their children.
Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg said they use corporal punishment on their biological children in accordance with their Christian faith, but would not spank any foster children.
A lawyer for the state said many foster children are traumatized, and seeing another child spanked could further traumatize them.
More information is here, too: boston.cbslocal.com/2015/08/07/fitchburg-couple-who-spanks-their-children-fights-to-become-foster-parents/
And the court’s decision is here: mass.gov/courts/docs/sjc/reporter-of-decisions/new-opinions/11864.pdf