It is undeniable that great progress is underway toward LGBTQ equality in the United States. Marriage equality swept the nation, the lived experiences of transgender Americans are more visible than ever before, and many youths are coming to identify as LGBTQ in environments far more welcoming and affirming than could have been imagined just a decade ago. However, this progress is not felt by all members of the LGBTQ community. Too many LGBTQ youths come out to family members only to face rejection, hatred, and violence. Those facing the most extreme levels of family rejection and maltreatment are often forced out of their homes or will run away, becoming homeless or entering the foster care system.

What is foster care?

Foster care is defined as “24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the [State] agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and preadoptive homes.”

How many youths are in foster care nationally?




Source: LGBTQ Youth in the Foster Care System | Human Rights Campaign