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Managing Information Related to Gender Identity and Expression of Youth in Child Welfare

The following principles provide the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings for the professional guidelines contained in this publication. 

When confronted with a situation not directly addressed by the guidelines, professionals should rely on these principles to guide their decisions.

1. All children deserve safety and acceptance in their homes and

2. All children need support and nurturance to develop and embrace all
aspects of their evolving identities, including their sexual orientation and
gender identity and expression.

3. Children thrive when their caregivers affirm and respect their sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression, and family acceptance both
protects against health risks and promotes overall health. Conversely,
children experience negative health and mental health outcomes when their
caregivers reject or fail to support their sexual orientation and gender
identity or expression.

4. Children perceived by others to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or gender
nonconforming are exposed to the same risks as children who openly
identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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