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Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Public Systems: Get the Facts First

By : September 24, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) are overrepresented in child welfare. They often experience higher instances of low educational achievement, poor mental and behavioral health outcomes, and homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. The numbers paint a darker picture for LGBTQ youth of color, who represent approximately 57 percent of all children in out-of-home care.Youth who identify as LGBTQ show disparate educational outcomes than their non-LGBTQ peers, often feeling unsafe at school and experiencing bullying and harassment. Even more so, LGBTQ youth in foster care face the compounding effects that familial instability can have on educational outcomes; foster youth are less likely to have access to higher education or attend college.LGBTQ youth
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