• Self Identity

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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?

  • Not to be so judgemental and listen instead of hearin.

    By 22 hours 59 min ago
  • I think honesty and open communication helps for understanding those who may feel differently than we do. I know for me, LGBTQ is not something that I have personal experience with. I live in a small community where we didn't talk or learn about such things and I was probably in high school before I knew the word gay was for more than someone being happy! As naive as that sounds, it is the truth. So for me, I guess I would be learning a lot with a LGBTQ placement in my home as far as community support. Honestly stating I'm not sure where you can go for help/counseling/support groups but being willing to seek out those resources for a child and for myself to gain better understanding is what I think matters.

    By 1 month 2 hours ago
  • Have an open mind, be encouraging, let them know that you are there for them and make them feel comfortable and know that they can come to you with any questions or concerns.

    By 1 month 4 weeks ago



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