This year, HRC is proud to mark National Foster Care Month with the launch of HRC Foundation and FosterClub’s #FosterEquality campaign. Throughout the month, we will share stories of LGBTQ youth in foster care and agencies that are working to improve their practices with LGBTQ youth.

There are over 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system in the U.S. LGBTQ youth are over-represented in this system and too often receive unequal treatment simply because of who they are or who they love.

National Foster Care Month is a time to remember that each and every one of us can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. First and foremost, you could become a foster parent. More and more agencies are opening their doors to LGBTQ and allied adults who are ready and willing to open their homes to young people in need.

If you are not ready to commit to being a foster parent, consider becoming a mentor. There is immense power and potential in being an affirming voice in a child’s life, especially for young people in foster care, who may never have had a caring adult affirm them for who they are. Click here to learn more about other opportunities to enhance the lives of foster care youth.

HRC advocates for foster youth all year round through our All Children - All Families project that helps agencies improve their services for LGBTQ youth in foster care. Agencies that implement best practices for this work are designated “Leaders in Supporting and Serving LGBTQ Youth." Check out our list of participating agencies here.

Check back with HRC’s blog throughout the month as we celebrate National Foster Care Month. You can join us in sharing your stories and raising awareness about the needs of LGBTQ foster youth by using the hashtag #FosterEquality.

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