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March 2013Vol. 14, No. 2LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

There are more than 400,000 children in foster care across the United States; however, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in care remains unknown. It is thought that the LGBTQ population is disproportionately represented in foster care. A recent episode of In the life, produced by In The Life Media, highlights the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in foster care.

The video offers compelling firsthand accounts of the foster care experiences of seven LGBTQ youth. Their struggles range from a lack of acceptance and peer approval to a sense of being lost in a series of unstable and unsupportive placements. Common elements in all the stories include biological family rejection, subsequent retraumatization in care, and the hope for a better future.   

Foster Care's Invisible Youth aims to give voice to these difficult experiences in the hope of making foster care and child welfare more responsive to the needs of LGBTQ youth. The video is available on YouTube: