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LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care Face Extra Challenges
As National Foster Care Month wraps up, we highlight here an often unseen and underserved population within the foster care system: LGBTQ youth. Studies suggest that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care, and system-involved LGBTQ youth report worse treatment while in foster care than their non-LGBTQ peers. They experience more placement disruption and a higher incidence of homelessness—often due to rejection by their families of origin and/or foster families after revealing their LGBTQ status. Once homeless, these youth face a host of difficulties.
Author Ryan Berg received a 2016 NCCD Media for a Just Society Award for bringing the stories of eight such youth to light in his debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions. Now a youth worker in Minneapolis, Minn., Berg gleaned these stories while serving as a caseworker in a New York City group home for LGBTQ youth. The book is a highly recommended read for anyone who works with and cares about system-involved youth. You can also follow Berg on Twitter at @RyJBerg.
The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for foster care and placement support is designed to help with placement stability in foster care systems. Learn more about SDM® assessments for support, placement, provision of care, and placement safety here.

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