Protecting the Rights and Providing Appropriate Services to LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Out-of-Home Care - Oregon

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Rights of LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Foster Care

Citation: Admin. Rules § 413-010-0180

Every youth in the legal custody of the Department of Human Services (DHS) has the right to receive respect, be nurtured, and attend activities in accordance with their background, religious heritage, race, and culture within reasonable guidelines as set by the case plan and the court.

Supports for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Care

Citation: Admin. Rules § 413-200-0358

The certified resource family must not use derogatory remarks about the child or young adult or the family characteristics, physical traits, culture, ethnicity, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or traditions of the child or young adult.

Placement Considerations

Citation: Admin. Rules § 413-200-0335

DHS staff must consider the age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, culture, special needs, behavior, and history of abuse of the child or young adult in the care or custody of the department when determining appropriate sleeping arrangements.

Caregiver Qualifications

Citation: Admin. Rules § 413-200-0308

Applicants for certification as a resource family must respect, accept, and support the race, ethnicity, cultural identities, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disabilities, spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic status of a child or young adult in the care or custody of the department and provide opportunities to enhance the positive self-concept and understanding of the child or young adult's heritage.

Definitions

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