Being placed in foster care can be a difficult time in a child’s life. While many children in foster care face abuse or neglect, for LGBTQ children this stress can be compounded with additional feelings of rejection. A recent study by the Human Rights Campaign noted that there is a higher percentage of LGBTQ children in the foster care system relative to the LGBTQ child population as a whole.
Virginia is one of only seven states that currently has foster care non-discrimination laws. These laws protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation but there is still work to be done to ensure that these LGBTQ youth do not face more discrimination. Even when placed with a foster family, many LGBTQ children can still face bullying, physical aggression from peers, harassment and trauma.
Foster parents play a key role in reducing discrimination and providing the necessary support to their potential foster child. Through education, exposure and training, these foster parents can obtain the tools to ensure their foster care children have the best possible future. Like any child in the foster care system, they need the support and respect of an adult who understands their situation.
Embrace Treatment Foster Care (TFC), formerly known as National Counseling Group TFC, provides specialized foster home placements for children who have been removed from their homes for unforeseen circumstances. Embrace TFC has offices statewide and works hard to provide LGBTQ youth a safe and stable home.
Regardless of your marital status or sexual orientation, you can become a foster parent and make a positive difference for a child (or children) in our community. Embrace TFC provides a team environment and works with potential foster parents from start to finish to ensure they are properly prepared.
Embrace TFC regularly holds information sessions for persons interested in becoming a foster parent. You may find a complete list of their local events HERE. Additionally, Embrace TFC is hosting Class # 1 of the nationally accredited Foster Parent Training (PRIDE) on January 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. RSVP is required. Please contact Heather.Watkins@embracetfc.com to attend.
If you cannot attend one of Embrace TFC’s information sessions or are interested in learning more about how you can help, please contact Heather Watkins, Recruitment Manager at Embrace Treatment Foster Care at (757) 847-9385 or via email at Heather.Watkins@embracetfc.com.