All young people need the love and unconditional acceptance. Children need to be part of a family. They need loving adults to care for them and guide them through life. They must have a safe place to live and all the necessities life requires. Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth end up alone and unwanted. Rejected by their birth families and by potential foster parents because of the sexual orientation or gender identity, these youth survive in a system that cannot adequately fulfill the role of parent or family.
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.
Be a parent for an LGBTQ youth.
We need people – gay, straight, young and old, women and men, couples and singles – to open their hearts and homes to be a permanent family. Family Builders will prepare you to be a great parent to an LGBTQ youth. You can help LGBTQ youth by opening your heart and home to become a foster or adoptive parent. Family Builders will prepare you to provide LGBTQ youth with safety and stability. Your family will receive a stipend to help defray the costs of fostering a youth in your care, and you will be a welcomed member of our community of families, who all receive ongoing support from each other and from our highly experienced clinical staff. To find out more call 510-272-0204 or click here to email a Family Builders representative.
We need everybody—gay or straight—to step up to provide safe and stable care in an accepting and welcoming family environment for our LGBTQ youth.