Transgender foster kids in California can now go to homes that match their gender identity

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By Jorge Rivas
October 12, 2015

A new California law gives all transgender children in foster care the right to placements consistent with their gender identity, regardless of the sex listed in their court or child welfare records.

Known as SB 731, the law will mandate child welfare workers consider a child’s gender identity in placement proceedings. Before Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 731 into law, the state did provide specific guidance on placing youth who are transgender.

The new law will go into effect January 1st and will have a significant impact on youth of color, many of whom have already faced trauma and rejection by their families. Youth in state custody mirror California’s racial and ethnic demographics: most of them identify as black, Latino or Asian-Pacific Islander.

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