LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

Louisiana LGBTQ Youth Task Force

The Louisiana LGBTQ Youth Task Force:

Louisiana has formed a LGBTQ Youth Task Force which meets quarterly. More information will be posted soon to give further information about the Louisiana project. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is the state contact for the Task Force.

The National Pilot Project:

aba-centeronchildrenlawThe Opening Doors Project: As a judge, lawyer or other child welfare professional do you understand the risk factors common to LGBTQ youth? These include high suicide rates, substance abuse, health issues, and harassment in foster care and in school. Do you know how a youth’s LGBTQ status affects permanency (including reunification, adoption, guardianship, or placement with a fit and willing relative)?

The Opening Doors Project goals:

  • Increase the legal community’s awareness of LGBTQ youth in foster care and the unique issues they face, and
  • Provide the legal community with advocacy tools to successfully represent these youth

During the three year project, staff of the ABA Center on Children and the Law researched and developed a resource manual and provide training and technical assistance on issues related to LGBTQ youth in foster care.

For more information please visit

American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law
Please direct inquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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