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CWLA's Standards of Excellence and LGBTQ youth Issues

CWLA relies on its existing Standards of Excellence for Child Welfare Services to support the fair treatment of LGBTQ youth and adults in the child welfare system. For example, CWLA's Standards of Excellence for Adoption Services include the following statement:
The League articulates a strong position on the issue of nondiscrimination of adoptive applicants.
The Standard states:
4.7 Nondiscrimination in provision of services to adoptive applicants.

All applicants should be assessed on the basis of their abilities to successfully parent a child needing family membership and not on their race, ethnicity or culture, income, age, marital status, religion, appearance, differing life style, or sexual orientation.

Applicants should be accepted on the basis of an individual assessment of their capacity to understand and meet the needs of a particular available child at the point of the adoption and in the future.
The same is true for our Standards of Excellence for Family Foster Care Services, which do not include requirements that adults in the home be legally related to parent(s) by blood or adoption or legal marriage.

Section 3.18 of those Standards establishes a policy of nondiscrimination in the selection of foster parents. The Standard states:
3.18 Nondiscrimination in selecting foster parents

The family foster care agency should not reject foster parent applicants solely due to their age, income, marital status, race, religious preference, sexual orientation, physical or disabling condition, or location of the foster home.

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