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November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Care

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care face a number of unique challenges. Many LGBTQ youth in care have a history of family violence and rejection, as well as subsequent retraumatization by foster parents, peers, and child welfare staff. The New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) is heavily invested in promoting innovative strategies to ensure a healthier and more nurturing environment for this youth population and recently launched its new webpage in support of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

ACS' work in this area dates back to 2006 and its LGBTQ Strategic Plan is the result of collaboration between ACS, community advocates, and contract providers. It focuses on five major practice areas geared at eradicating discrimination and building the capacity of staff to work with LGBTQ youth. The LGBTQ plan has already helped improve agency response and implement practices that support positive change for the LGBTQ population in New York. The new website offers a range of materials to improve services for youth, families, and practitioners, as well as policies and other resources.

The Improving Services for LGBTQ Children, Youth & Families webpage is available here: