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House LGBT Caucus Condemns Administration’s Proposal to Eliminate Data Collection on LGBTQ Foster Youth and Parents

Apr 25, 2019
Press Release

420 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20003

Date: April 25, 2019      Contact:  Aliya Bean, (202) 225-2305

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House LGBT Caucus Condemns Administration’s Proposal to Eliminate Data Collection on LGBTQ Foster Youth and Parents

Washington D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the following statement in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal to eliminate data collection on LGBTQ foster youth and parents. On April 16, 2019, HHS proposed scrubbing data on the sexual orientation of foster youth and foster and adoptive parents and guardians in its Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data system.

Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 foster youth are LGBTQ. LGBTQ foster youth report twice the rate of poor treatment in foster care and suffer worse outcomes in foster care than their non-LGBTQ counterparts. Further, although same-sex couples are 7 times more likely to foster or adopt than their different-sex counterparts, many child placing agencies refuse to serve same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals.

“Every child deserves a safe and loving home, but unfortunately LGBTQ children and parents face significant discrimination in the foster care and adoption system,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02) who has four sons with her wife Cheryl. “As a mother, and as someone who faced adoption discrimination for being a part of the LGBTQ community two decades ago, I strongly denounce Secretary Azar’s proposed rule change, and ask him to stand with children across the country who are seeking safe, supportive homes free from discrimination.”  

Please contact Aliya Bean at 202-225-2305 or aliya.bean@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.  The Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

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