Disregarding the Best Interest of the Child: License to Discriminate In Child Welfare Services

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Author(s): Human Rights Campaign Foundation

  • Cathryn Oakley

Published: December 2017

Report Intro/Brief:
“Seven states, including five states in the last three years, have passed laws allowing taxpayer-funded child welfare programs (adoption and foster care services) to pick and choose to whom they provide the services the government has paid them to provide. All of these laws allow agencies to refuse to work with LGBTQ people, and some also allow them to refuse various medical treatments to LGBTQ children in their care. These bills are unconscionable, and they are unnecessary. This brief explains why.”


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