LGBTQ+ youth – young people who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer – are over-represented in foster care. These youth are often rejected by their families when they come out. Once in the foster care system, the abuse can continue. According to the 2016 California Children’s Report Card published by Children Now, 74% of LGBTQ foster youth believe they experience prejudicial treatment by service providers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In addition, an LGBTQ youth is nearly 6 times more likely to report high levels of depression and 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide (here are some resources on supporting your advocate youth's mental health). Children as young as 4 can begin to articulate that they feel their gender is different than their assigned sex. The resources to the right will help you with some of the language, context, and research into how to best support young people in this community.
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