Credit hours:
2.50

Course Summary

Provides information for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Unique risks LGBTQ youth in foster care face
  • How to create a welcoming home for youth
  • How to promote a young person’s health and well-being in the community
  • The meaning of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation
  • Things that should be considered when choosing the proper health care and mental health providers
  • Effective practices for improving school climate for LGBTQ youth
  • Youth perspective on being LGBTQ in foster care

Step 1

Review "Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents" for helpful tips and tools to promote an LGBTQ youth’s health and well-being.

Step 2

Review the following FosterClub Young Leader stories featured in our 2016 National Foster Care Month #FosterEquality campaign to appeal for the safety and equal care of LGBTQ youth:

Tristan's Story CLICK HERE

Veda's Story

Veda's Story CLICK HERE

Mark's Story

Mark's Story CLICK HERE

Isaiah's Story

Isaiah's Story CLICK HERE

Step 3

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

What simple adjustment could be made in your home that would indicate to a youth that you are affirming of their identity?

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Course Discussion

Nataki41's picture

Nataki41 said:

Keep an open dialog and use proper pronouns.
G.Brown's picture

G.Brown said:

Letting them know they are accepted, loved ,and supported
Sportsmom33's picture

Sportsmom33 said:

I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE WHOM THEY WANT TO BE A FEEL SUPPORTED BY THE CHOICES THEY MAKE. ITS MY JOB AS A PARENT TO GIVE THEM SUPPORT, SHOW THEM THEY CAN BE FREELY OPEN ABOUT ANUYTHING, TO PROVIDE SECURETY, AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
khone1's picture

khone1 said:

Have open discussions about identity, ask about pronoun preferences
cmaher0025's picture

cmaher0025 said:

Using inclusive language is huge!
krboswell's picture

krboswell said:

Show an interest in their lives and thank them for opening up about their identities to you.
hanchettbj's picture

hanchettbj said:

Talk, talking about self identity is so important to youth. Especially to the early teens, this is already such a hard time in their lives, helping them to talk through who they are and how they truly feel about themselves as a sexual being helps them to understand better.
Pete1122's picture

Pete1122 said:

Be interested in their life and ask them to share their feelings and thoughts.
beanhead41's picture

beanhead41 said:

My husband and I have some artwork in our family room that shows any placements with us that we are a LGBTQ+ friendly household!
FoyIsabelle's picture

FoyIsabelle said:

Incorporating movies and books with LGBTQ characters might help foster children to learn or to feel accepted while in care. Openly discussing friends of mine or celebrities who are part of the LGBTQ community might help to show the child that the home is a safe space, without directly prying in asking what their identity is. Compassion for everyone is an important value to show in your behavior; I think children will feel safe if you behave in a way that is accepting and uplifting for others in general. It can also teach them to do so themselves.