ADDED ON: 04/20/2019

LGBT groups, HHS clash over asking youth in foster care about sexual orientation

04/19/2019 | Washington Blade

LGBT rights groups and the Department of Health & Human Services are clashing over the proposed elimination of questions seeking to identify the sexual orientation of youth in foster care, which the Trump administration concluded could be “intrusive and worrisome.” Julie Kruse, director of federal policy at the pro-LGBT Family Equality Council, said in a statement the planned removal from HHS is an “abdication of its statutory responsibilities to promote the safety, well-being, and permanency of foster youth, including those who are LGBTQ.” “States, tribes and agencies cannot improve care and outcomes for youth if they do not have data to measure their efforts,” Kruse said.

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