Caring for LGBTQ children and youth
Foster and adoptive parents are a diverse community of people with one thing in common: the desire to love, nurture and care for children and youth. Many parents may not realize that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care and are at higher risks of rejection and harm while in care.
Young people who identify as LGBTQ enter foster care for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ youth in care. Many LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Creating a safe place is important to allow all children in foster care to process their feelings of grief and loss, have the freedom to express who they are, and receive the structure they need while becoming responsible, healthy adults.
The Human Rights Campaign All Children-All Families initiative is offering a free webinar for foster and adoptive parents to support them in providing a safe, affirmative home for LGBTQ youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. “Caring for LGBTQ Youth: An Introduction for Foster & Adoptive Parents” will be hosted Thursday, July 27th from 3-4 p.m. mountain time.
This webinar will first explain key terms and concepts that all foster and adoptive parents need to know in order to better understand LGBTQ youth, research on the importance of providing affirming homes for these youth as well as concrete tips for how to be affirming will then be presented.