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.
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.