Foster Care can be a difficult time in a child’s life. While many children in foster care face abuse or neglect, for LGBT-Q children this stress can be compounded with additional feelings of rejection. A recent study by the Human Rights Campaign noted that there is a higher percentage of LGBT-Q children in the foster care system relative to the LGBT-Q child population as a whole.
Virginia is one of only seven states that currently has foster care non-discrimination laws. These laws protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation but there is still work to be done to ensure that these LGBT-Q youth do not face more discrimination. Even when placed with a foster family, many LGBT-Q children can still face bullying, physical aggression from peers, harassment and trauma.
Foster parents play a key role in reducing discrimination and providing the necessary support to their potential foster child. Through education, exposure and training, these foster parents can obtain the tools to ensure their foster care children have the best possible future. Like any child in the foster care system, they need the support and respect of an adult who understands their situation.
Embrace TFC is working very hard to provide LGBT-Q youth a safe and stable home! This population is in great need of individuals like you. Regardless of your marital status or sexual orientation, you can be the difference for a child in your community facing a difficult challenge. Embrace TFC provides a team environment and works with potential foster parents from start to finish to ensure they are properly prepared.