LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care
Study Looking at Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care
Dr. Elan Hope is conducting a study with the Center that looks to find out about the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ foster youth. The survey is being distributed to young adults 18 – 30 years old who identify as LGBTQ+ and have lived in foster care. The survey includes questions about the supportiveness of foster care placements, experiences of gender and sexuality discrimination, mental health, and sexual health. Findings from this study will be published on our website as a resource for parents and others taking the Center’s recently updated on-demand course, Learning to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, and more Youth in Substitute Care.
Dr. Hope and the Center anticipate that these findings will help us understand the experiences of LGTBQ+ folks in foster care. They also hope to use this data to obtain funding for future studies on the health and well-being of LGTBQ+ youth in foster care.
If you want to be a part of the survey, or know someone who would like to participate, please view the flyer by tapping here.
On-Demand Training Update
We recently updated one of our on-demand trainings, Learning to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, and more Youth in Substitute Care. On-demand trainings are free, self-paced, online, and certificate-bearing. In this particular training, you will explore four on-demand lessons or “modules.” Each module has different learning objectives that are designed to give resource parents and social workers a foundation for supporting youth in their care who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, or more (LGBTQ+). You will also hear a panel, made up of both professionals and LGBTQ+ foster youth, answer questions about working with (or being) LGBTQ+ youth in the foster care system.
Through leveraging new technology, our on-demand training is modernizing the way we can educate people, engaging them so they transfer what they’ve learned into practice.