What We Are Seeing
- LGBTQ youth are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Social distancing hits them hard by eliminating interactions with people who care and accept them, leading to stress and depression.
- School closures further isolate LGBTQ youth and deny LGBTQ youth social opportunities and access to supportive adults such as teachers, coaches, and school counselors.
- Youth may be forced to live in an environment that does not affirm their identity or places them at risk for abuse and victimization.
- As the rate of unemployment skyrockets, concerns about housing stability for LGBTQ youth grow: we already know that around 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.
What CR is Doing
June 16, 2020
Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies the Dangers for LGBTQ+ Youth in Care
Children’s Rights developed a report exposing how the discrimination, institutionalization, and abuse that LGBTQ+ youth already face is exacerbated by COVID-19. The report lifts up the voices of youth and offers solutions to protect them.
COVID-19 LGBTQ CR in the News
Children’s Rights authored a report Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers for LGBTQ+ Youth in Care. The report describes how the unique risks LGBTQ+ youth already face in child welfare systems are magnified by the pandemic and proposes practical steps child welfare agencies and government can take to mitigate them.
Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin was quoted in The Hill:
It’s important to have a very urgent reminder that our child welfare systems need to become safer places for LGBTQ young people. This population is already exposed to a great deal of danger.Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel
Children’s Rights opposed a final federal ruling that removed nondiscrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act, wiping transgender health protections.
Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin was quoted in the New York Daily News
…yet another move by the Trump administration to deny LGBTQ people their constitutionally guaranteed rights.Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel
Children’s Rights opposed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule change ending data collection regarding the sexual orientation of foster children and foster and adoptive parents in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).
- Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, was quoted in The Chronicle for Social Change, Gay City News and Metro Weekly:
Stripping sexual orientation data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System is a huge mistake that will harm the children we serve. Thorough and accurate data is critical to ensuring that safety, permanency, and well-being remain the top priorities for children in out-of-home care. This latest onslaught against facts puts politics over the best interests of children and makes LGBTQ youth and their outcomes invisible.Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel
Christina Wilson Remlin, the lead counsel for Children’s Rights, and one of several child advocates who had urged the administration to withdraw the proposed rule change before it was finalized, called the removal of LGBTQ data from AFCARS
a huge mistake that will harm the children we serve.Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel
Stripping sexual orientation data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System is a huge mistake that will harm the children we serve,” Remlin said, adding that “thorough and accurate data are critical” to children’s well-being. ”This latest onslaught against facts puts politics over the best interests of children and makes LGBTQ youth and their outcomes invisible.Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel
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