LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Louisiana LGBTQ Youth Task Force
The Louisiana LGBTQ Youth Task Force:
The National Pilot Project:
The 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 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/pages/lgbtq.html
American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law