States Fight Discrimination Toward Gay Foster Kids
Federal health officials sent a letter in 2011 warning of discrimination and encouraging states to develop training for caseworkers and foster parents. Advocates in a handful of states including Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts have increased efforts to train caseworkers, recruit foster parents and assign mentors.
Officials don't want to force youths to disclose their sexuality, but must try to create environments where they feel safe to come out when ready. The federal government says that without such support, gay and lesbian youths who leave the foster care system can wind up homeless.
See other LocalNews news:Three Injured in Two Vehicle Crash South of Sandoval
Southern Illinois Lacks Hospitals with Trauma Centers
Safety Regulators Get Up for Higher Train Speeds in Illinois
Illinois Governor Working with Police on Marijuana Bill
ACLU Praises New Illinois Limits on Cellphone Surveillance