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Course Summary

As potential caregivers for young people, it is vital to learn about LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Two-Spirit) children and youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. This course is meant as an introductory first step in path of increasing knowledge of LGBTQ2S+ issues and how identity intersects with many other elements when a child or youth is in the foster care system.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Unique risks LGBTQ2S+ youth in foster care face

  • Guidance for creating a welcoming home for children and youth

  • How to promote a child or young person’s health and well-being as it relates to elements of their identity

  • The meaning of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation

  • Important considerations when choosing the proper health care and mental health providers

  • Effective practices for improving school climate for LGBTQ2S+ children and youth

  • Youth perspective on being LGBTQ2S+ in foster care

Step 1

Review "Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents" for helpful tips and tools to promote the well-being of children and youth who identify as LGBTQ2S+.

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 adjustments could you make in your home that would indicate to a child or youth that you are affirming of their identity?

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Course Discussion

StacyHagans's picture

StacyHagans said:

We wouldn't have to make many adjustments in our home as we are an LGBTQ couple and accepting of other LGBTQ people overall. It was hard to win the acceptance of all of our family members and some can say hurtful things at times but I, and my wife especially, have made a habit over the 13 years we've been together (10 married) of calling them out on it when we hear it. None of the youth currently with us has self identified as LGBTQ, but we'll be prepared for that day should it come.
Quinton Jefferson's picture

Quinton Jefferson said:

Ask one of my gay friends for advice and suggestions
Quinton Jefferson's picture

Quinton Jefferson said:

Ask one of gay friends for advice and suggestions
Jaime Ragsdale's picture

Jaime Ragsdale said:

listen to the needs of the child, support the child and make them feel welcomed.
jandin313's picture

jandin313 said:

I would ask some of my LGBTQ+ friends if they might be comfortable as a sort of mentor or if I could at least ask them some questions. We already watch shows and have books that include LGBTQ+ positive elements, but I'm sure we could find more. I also try to make a point of discussing with our adopted daughter that clothes and toys can be for anyone who likes them.
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layahmama said:

Let them know that that are supported and loved regardless of how they choose to identify, be open minded to their views.
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gdmj0311 said:

I live or try to live by the golden rule, treat those as you would want to be treated. I try to treat everyone the same no matter who or what they are because I don't liked to be judged myself, so how can I turn around and judge anyone for who they are. I would try to convey that to anyone, no matter their sexual orientation, race, religion or anything else. I would try to teach others the same.
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jerry83joyner said:

Maintaining an open line of communication with the child and make it clear to them that sexuality and identity are intensely personal and therefore they should identify in any way they see fit.
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Sammiek said:

I would help child understand it is okay to explore their options. Educate them on the LGBTQ.
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jamiejoyner said:

Be there for them. Listen and respect what they are telling you.