LGBTQ Adoptive and Foster Parents

Families For Children has always welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning individuals and families seeking to foster or adopt. We are proud to have been of service to the LGBTQ community, with some LGBTQ families adopting not just once, but two or three times through our agency.

Our LGBTQ families are an invaluable resource for the many children awaiting permanency and often bring unique strengths to meet their needs. Some children awaiting permanency are themselves LGBTQ, however we encourage LGBTQ families to consider all children seeking permanency, and never limit our families to LGBTQ youth.

Creating a Welcoming Home for LGBTQ Youth

Some children awaiting permanency are themselves LGBTQ. They need families who will provide safe and stable care in an accepting family environment. In fact, youth in care may have difficulty trusting adults (many with good reason), so you may not know a youth's gender identity or sexual orientation until he or she has spent some time in your home and has grown to trust you.

All youth in care need nurturing homes that provide them with a safe place to process their feelings of grief and loss, freedom to express who they are, and structure to support them in becoming responsible, healthy adults. Creating a welcoming home for LGBTQ youth is not much different from creating a safe and supportive home for any youth. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, and are more likely than other foster youth to be placed in group homes and other congregate care facilities. Many have been the victims of violence and all have been the victims of verbal abuse. Between 25% and 40% of homeless and runaway youth identify as LGBTQ. They are at a higher risk of substance abuse than other youth in foster care.

We actively encourage ALL adoptive families regardless of sexual orientation to consider fostering or adopting LGBTQ youth. Our professional team is sensitive and well trained to the needs of LGBTQ youth will provide families with excellent support and education.

Find out more about LGBTQ youth in foster care here: Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth

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