LGBTQ youth


Texas Sues Biden Administration Over Federal LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over a federal rule barring foster care providers from discriminating against LGBTQ children and families. 

California lawmaker Scott Wiener (D) introduced Senate Bill 107 to make the state a refuge for trans children seeking health care


A Proposed Law Would Give Trans Youth Refuge in California

California legislators are poised to make their state a refuge for transgender youth seeking gender-affirming care and their families.

Annual Child Well-Being Data Book Highlights Mental Health


Annual Child Well-Being Data Book Highlights Mental Health

The new KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that young Americans faced significant mental health challenges even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida County’s Guardian ad Litem Program Gets Grant


Florida Health Agencies Seek Ban on Gender-affirming Health Care for Children, Medicaid Recipients

Two Florida health agencies last week made cases to bar transgender children and residents using Medicaid from gender-affirming health care.

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The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

When government policies hold a group in disfavor, the child welfare community can do more to speak up for families, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child


Life Altered for One Texas Family Determined to Protect Transgender Child

In Texas, top politicians say gender-affirming care is abuse, compelling one therapist to protect her clients — and her family.

    Plaintiffs and lawmakers want the Biden administration to immediately return to an Obama-era policy of collecting voluntary data on foster youth, including sexual orientation and gender identity.


    Illinois Enhancing Support for LGBTQ Youth

    Illinois will beef up services and existing mandatory training for staff members, partner organizations and foster care providers to improve how LGBTQ people are treated within the child welfare system.

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    Lack of Shelter Beds in New York Leaves LGBTQ Youth At Risk During Pandemic

    Last week, a 19-year-old with nowhere to stay in a city being ravaged by coronavirus made a desperate phone call to Trinity Place, a 10-bed shelter for LGBTQ youth on the Upper West Side. 


    Why We Need To Collect Data on LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

    In the United States, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects demographic and other types of information on all youth who enter the foster care system. This practice allows the government and the public to track how well the system is meeting its ultimate goal — to place all children into stable and loving homes.