Colorado needs foster families and you can help
National research has shown that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the foster care system. 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.
All youth in care need nurturing homes that provide them with a safe place to process their feelings of grief and loss, freedom to express who they are, and structure to support them in becoming responsible, healthy adults. However, with 2,058 kids in foster care and only 1,915 certified foster homes, Colorado has a shortage of foster families.
You can help children and youth in foster care.
There are no restrictions on who can adopt or foster based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity, or marital status. All that matters is that you are at least 21 years or older and that you are ready to make a difference in a child or teen’s life at a time when they need you the most.
LGBTQ families play an important role in Colorado's child welfare system. Four percent of Colorado residents identify as LGBTQ, but our most recent online survey shows that 12 percent of the state’s foster parents identify as LGBTQ. Nationwide, approximately 2,600 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 3,400 foster children.
Foster care is temporary and the goal is always to reunify a child with their biological family. However, that is not always possible. Today in Colorado, there are 297 children and youth in the foster care system who are waiting for a family. Several of these young people would like to be adopted by an LGBTQ family.