Health Department proposes nixing data collection on LGBTQ foster youth

By Julie Moreau

The Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it intends to ax an Obama-era measure that called for data collection on LGBTQ foster youth and parents.

The data included the sexual orientation and gender identity of youth in foster care, along with their foster parents, adoptive parents or legal guardians.

The stated goal of the rule, adopted in December 2016, at the end of the Obama administration, was “to help meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in foster care.”

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