• Self Identity

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LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

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


 Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 2.5 hours

A: 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: CLICK HERE
B: 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

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

C: Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE

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Course Discussion Question

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

  • We will continue to let our kids know that love, care, respect, and honest communication are the most important aspects of healthy intimate relationships. We know that it doesn't matter what the genders in the relationship are. We are a lesbian couple, and our foster daughter arrived into our family with lots of homophobic ideas. Now that she knows many gay men and lesbian women, she knows that it is nothing to be afraid of or ashamed of. She knows that we will love and support her the same ways regardless of whether she dates and chooses to love men or women in the future.

    By 2 days 22 hours ago
  • Definitely having open, non judgmental conversations, and really taking the time to hear them out and not dismissing their concerns.

    By 2 weeks 5 hours ago
  • We believe that open communicate and non judgmental ways has worked the best for us.

    By 3 weeks 2 days ago



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