• May 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 4

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Safety of Transgender Youth in Foster Care

Child welfare agencies provide services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care, but more needs to be done to ensure the safety of these youth. A recent article in the New York University Law Review examines the particular risks and challenges faced by transgender youth in foster care. The article focuses on New York City's foster care system and discusses specific changes, including legislation, to help improve transgender youths' experiences and outcomes.

Part I of the article addresses the past and present experiences of transgender youth in New York City and New York State. It provides an introduction to the jurisdictions' foster care systems, discusses the discrimination and violence often faced by transgender youth, and examines the differences in safety provided by LGBTQ-only group homes versus other group homes. Part II examines current jurisdictional efforts to improve the safety of transgender youth. Part III proposes solutions for making transgender youth safer, such as legislation that would provide for placements in gendered group homes, appropriate bedroom assignments, access to appropriate bathroom facilities, confidentiality of gender identity, deference to individual choice, and ongoing placement management.

Access the full article "A Room of One's Own: Safe Placement for Transgender Youth in Foster Care," by A. Love, New York University Law Review, 89(6), 2014, at http://www.nyulawreview.org/sites/default/files/pdf/NYULawReview-89-6-2268-Love.pdf (152 KB).

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