Trump administration sued for erasing foster care data on LGBTQ and American Indian youth
August 31, 2020
A coalition of pro-LGBTQ and American Indian advocacy organizations has sued the Trump administration for rescinding requirements that child welfare agencies collect and report data about American Indian children, and LGBTQ youth and families, in the foster care system.
Congress currently requires the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to collect and maintain information about the demographics and status of youth in the nation’s child welfare systems. That data is collected and maintained in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS.
In 2016, under the Obama administration, ACF updated the AFCARS system with a new rule to capture the demographic characteristics of historically marginalized groups.