Foster Pride in Colorado

On an average day in Colorado, 8 children and youth enter foster care because their parents need time to learn new skills and address safety concerns. National research shows us that young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are overrepresented within foster care. These children and youth experience foster care for many of the same reasons as other young people in care, but they potentially have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Every child and youth deserves a nurturing, affirming family that provides them with a safe place to process their feelings of grief and loss, the freedom to express who they are, and the support they need to become responsible, happy and healthy adults. 

Getting Started

The Colorado Department of Human Services sponsors booths at Pride festivals across the state to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families. We partner with county departments of human services and child placement agencies to share resources and answer questions.

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Resources for Parents & Professionals

Parents and child welfare professionals, find research, local resources, organizations and more to help you affirm young people who identify as LGBTQ+ and to support parents who are LGBTQ+.

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