Global law firm Baker McKenzie announced today that it has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a closely watched case seeking to require foster care and adoption programs to monitor Indian Child Welfare Act compliance and collect voluntarily disclosed sexual orientation data. The suit was brought by the California Tribal Families Coalition, the Yurok Tribe, the Cherokee Nation, Facing Foster Care in Alaska, Ark of Freedom Alliance, Ruth Ellis Center and True Colors Inc. to overturn a Health and Human Services rule that stopped the collection of the data. The AAP is the largest professional association of pediatricians in the world, representing 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and surgical specialists. The brief informed the Court of the obstacles that will impact the health and well-being of LGBTQ and American Indian/Alaskan Indian (AI/AN) foster care youth if collection of critical data related to AI/AN and LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care is not reinstated.
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