May is National Foster Care Month, a chance to raise awareness of the needs and experiences of the nearly 400,000 youth in foster care across the U.S.

This year’s theme is “Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families” which recognizes the many individuals (or “blocks”) involved in supporting children and youth in foster care and building strong, permanent families.

HRC is taking this opportunity to focus on LGBTQ youth in foster care. We know that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care and often enter the child welfare system after being abused or rejected by their families because of their LGBTQ identity.

As you may recall, last year HRC’s All Children – All Families project expanded its efforts to promote LGBT inclusion in child welfare to include more resources and training specific to supporting LGBTQ youth in foster care. The project is currently engaging more than 70 official participants across the U.S.

All of May we will feature guest blog posts from the leaders at child welfare agencies committed to improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth, a few LGBTQ foster youth themselves and the foster families supporting them.

We hope you enjoy these posts this month, find them educational and inspiring, and help spread awareness of what we all can do to support children and youth in foster care.

You can learn more about foster parenting and adoption on the HRC site today!

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