Friday, May 3, 2024

Biden Administration is going to protect LGBTQ children in foster care

President Joe Biden's Administration has moved to protect LGBTQ and intersex children in foster care, ordering, among other things, that they be placed in supportive homes.

The protections come in the form of a rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families. 

“This final rule makes clear that all children in the child welfare system, including LGBTQ children, are entitled to protections against harassment, abuse, and mistreatment, regardless of their placement,” says an HHS press release. 

“Additionally, this final rule specifies that as part of meeting the existing statutory requirement to provide safe and proper care for all children in foster care, state child welfare agencies must ensure that LGBTQ children have access to specially designated foster care placements.”

“Every child deserves a safe and loving home. When any child comes into government care, they should have supports and services that meet their specific needs. By addressing the needs of LGBTQ children, this rule brings us one step closer to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to thrive.”

President Joe Biden is the most pro-equality U.S. president ever. LGBTQ Americans are highly motivated to vote in November, with a majority preferring President Joe Biden to Donald Trump according to polling result 

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