March 29, 2024
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National Foster Youth Institute Statement on Doe v. Abbott Ruling
Ruling Protects Transgender Children & Parents in Texas

A three-judge panel of the Third District of the Texas Court of Appeals today ruled favorably on its review of the TROs that had previously been granted against Texas in cases challenging the state of Texas’ policies impacting transgender youth and their families. The National Foster Youth Institute was an amicus curiae in Doe vs. Abbott and Executive Director Rebecca Louve Yao issued the following statement:

“We are grateful to the courts for continuing to protect the rights and freedoms of transgender youth and their families in Texas. Today’s ruling means that, for the time being, parents’ rights are protected and the child welfare system isn’t being weaponized by Governor Greg Abbott.

“Child welfare should be a beacon of hope for families in need — not a punishment for parents seeking health care for their children. With this ruling, the parents of transgender children will continue to be able to work with medical professionals to make the best possible decisions for their children. But we understand this may be temporary, and trans rights will continue to be at risk. This weekend, we will recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility. To transgender children we say this: We see you. We stand with you. And we will continue to fight for your rights.”


NFYI empowers current and former foster youth, their families, and communities to use their lived experiences to bring about systemic policy changes in the child welfare system nationwide.