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Supporting LGBTQ+ kids in foster care

Resource links provided by the Human Rights Campaign

*30% of young people in foster care identify as LGBTQ+, many of whom entered care due to rejection from their families because of their LGBTQ+ identity. https://youth.gov/youth-topics/lgbtq-youth/child-welfare


*Once in foster care, LGBTQ+ youth face higher rates of mistreatments and increased likelihood of being placed in group homes (from The Williams Institute > https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/sgm-youth-la-foster-care/)


*LGBTQ+ youth in foster care are more likely to be removed or run away from their foster placements as a result of hostility towards their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression are disproportionately victims of violence, harassment, and bullying. (info through fosterclub > https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC-YouthFosterCare-IssueBrief-FINAL.pdf)


*Once in the system, LGBTQ+ youth of color tend to remain longer and face greater risk of discrimination and violence compared to their peers. https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/LGBTQ-YOC-Social-Services-Jul-2019.pdf



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