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FosterClub is proud to partner with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) during National Foster Care Month. Throughout May, HRC and FosterClub will highlight issues facing LGBTQ youth in foster care.

All youth in the foster care system face difficulties, those difficulties are magnified if the youth identifies as LGBTQ. LGBTQ foster youth are twice as likely to report poor treatment and more likely to live in group homes and to have more foster care placements, according to a 2014 Sexuality and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care report by The Williams Institute.

The HRC All Children All Families project works with foster and adoption agencies in the public and private sectors to improve services for LGBTQ youth and families. Throughout the month of May, FosterClub and HRC will be sharing the stories of LGBTQ foster youth to raise awareness for safety and equal care - #FosterEquality.

Everyone – not just members of the foster care community – should acknowledge and back efforts that provide LGBTQ foster youth with safe homes and support networks. The President of the United States proclaimed, "All young people, regardless of what they look like, which religion they follow, who they love, or the gender they identify with, deserve the chance to dream and grow in a loving, permanent home."

The full Presidential Proclamation can be read here.

More information about HRC and for National Foster Care Month blog posts, click here.

Read the youth stories, get involved and spread the #FosterEquality movement, click here.