The state will go to court this week to defend a policy that bans people who believe in spanking children from becoming foster parents.
A couple is suing the Department of Children and Families for denying their application after learning they use corporal punishment on their own children.
Gregory Magazu and Melanie Magazu claim they’re being discriminated against because spanking is in line with their religious beliefs.
“It’s been hard because (being a foster parent) is something that’s been in my heart, that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Melanie Magazu.
Gregory Magazu and Melanie Magazu are parents of three who eventually want to adopt foster children. Melanie Magazu was in the system when she was a child.
But their quest has ended up at the Supreme Judicial Court. The Department of Children and Families will not allow the Magazus to care for foster children because they believe in spanking.