March 2022Vol. 23, No. 2Guide for Foster Parents on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Child Welfare Information Gateway created a factsheet to educate foster parents about LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other diverse identities and expressions, including Two-Spirit) youth in the child welfare system. The factsheet, Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents, describes the unique challenges this at-risk population of youth face and how foster parents can help reduce those risks and ensure youth feel safe and supported.
This factsheet was developed to help families understand the complex experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care and the importance of and how to provide a nurturing and affirming home environment. It also provides specific actions that families can take to promote youth health and well-being at home and in the community.