By Angelia Davis // The Greenville News (South Carolina)

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday granted Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries an exemption to continue its faith-based foster care program that works only with Christians.

Miracle Hill has been operating its program for decades, but its recruiting policy came under scrutiny after the Obama administration implemented a new regulation for federal funding recipients shortly before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The regulation prohibits groups receiving federal funding from discriminating on the basis of religion.

Most of Miracle Hill’s existence comes from donations, Lehman said. But some of the funds it receives from the state DSS for reimbursements — about $600,000 a year — comes from the federal sources, Lehman said.

Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, said the committee opposes “government-funded religious discrimination,” and said the action by HHS “signals a dramatic and troubling shift.”

“This waiver shows more concern for the providers than children in need and willing foster parents,” Tyler said.

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