June 19, 2019

LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month is recognized every June. Research has shown that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the child welfare system. This means that the percentage of youth in foster care who are LGBTQ-identified is larger than the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the general youth population. LGBTQ youth in foster care also face disparities: differences in experiences in care or treatment by the system. LGBTQ youth enter the foster care system for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ youth in care, such as abuse, neglect, and parental substance abuse; however many LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


Professionals who work with youth should understand the lives and unique challenges of the LGBTQ youth they serve and how their experiences and outcomes may differ from non-LGBTQ youth. Many resources are available for caregivers and others in the child welfare workforce to develop competencies and to understand what to expect and how to talk about and positively address issues that affect LGBTQ youth.


Like all youth, LGBTQ youth need a safe and stable place to live; freedom to express themselves; and structure and guidance to support them in becoming responsible, healthy adults.


LGBTQ Resources


Child Welfare Information Gateway Working With LGBTQ Youth and Families Resources


Human Rights Campaign- LGBTQ Resources for Child Welfare Professionals


Addressing the Needs of and Advocating for LGBTQ Youth Training Video


Recently Added Resources:



The Intentional Choice: Self Care for the Social Work Field and Beyond Training Video


How to Testify in Court WITHOUT Breaking a Sweat Training Video


Silent Suffering: Responding to Self-Harm Training Video


Upcoming Events

Statewide Conference: Florida FAPA Annual Education Conference, Friday,
June 21, 2019 - Sunday, June 23, 2019; Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort, 100 North Atlantic Ave Daytona Beach, FL 32118


The Florida FAPA is hosting its annual Education Conference on beautiful Daytona Beach! Join over 300 caregivers as we provide Quality Educational opportunities through a variety of workshops and general sessions that support our theme- Educate-Support-Advocate!


Click HERE for additional details.


Webinar: QPI Florida: The Importance of Stable Placements for Children, Wednesday, June 26, 11 am - 12 Noon


Join Carol Edwards as she facilitates a discussion with a panel of experts (a case manager, foster parent and a youth) to explore the importance of stable placements for children and explore how unnecessary placement moves are harmful to children. As a participant, you can expect to learn about the following:


  • What considerations and actions need to be taken to make the first placement the best placement?
  • What is needed from agency staff and case managers to support caregivers in their commitment to providing stable placements for children?
  • When is it appropriate to seek a new placement for a child?
  • How do multiple, unnecessary placements cause harm to children?


Click HERE for additional details and to register.


Statewide Conference: Florida Coalition for Children 2019 Annual Conference, July 8-10, 2019, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL


The Florida Coalition for Children Foundation’s 2019 Annual Conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to continuing education units.


Click HERE for more information and to register.




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