This month, HRC was proud to celebrate National Foster Care Month. The blog series shared family stories, covered the experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care, listed tips for people considering becoming foster parents, highlighted HRC's work to improve the foster care system, and more.
With nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care in the U.S. today, LGBTQ youth are disproportionally represented in the system. Many have been abused or neglected because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
This month isn’t just about youth in the foster care system. It’s also the many families, including LGBT adults and same-sex couples, who have opened up their homes to youth in need. With help from HRC Foundation’s All Children - All Families project, foster care agencies across the country are working to better serve LGBT foster parents as well as LGBTQ youth in care.
For more information about what LGBTQ youth have experienced in foster care, watch the segment below from HuffPost Live featuring HRC Foundation’s Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program Ellen Kahn.
Throughout the month of May, the HRC Foundation in collaboration with FosterClub, is celebrating National Foster Care Month by sharing the stories of LGBTQ youth in foster care as well as the families and professionals who support them. Check out all of the National Foster Care Month blog posts here, and join us in sharing your stories and raising awareness about the needs of LGBTQ foster youth by using the hashtag #FosterEquality.