Abbott v. Doe

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a directive instructing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate the families of children who seek medical care for gender dysphoria. Affected plaintiffs brought a lawsuit against Governor Abbott and DFPS.

Juvenile Law Center joined the National Center for Youth Law, Disability Rights Texas, and other advocacy organizations in filing an amicus brief in the Texas Court of Appeals in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that DFPS investigations, even those that do not lead to family separation or court involvement, cause harm to Texas families. The brief argued that increased surveillance of families by child welfare systems does not lead to better outcomes for children and emphasized the many harms of family separation and child welfare system involvement to children. We further emphasized that the new directive will disproportionately harm transgender youth as well as communities that already face high rates of investigation and involvement, including families experiencing poverty, families of color, and parents with disabilities.