Center on Halsted, Let It Be Us partner to get more LGBTQ foster parents

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Let It Be Us, (LIBU) a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care of youth in the Illinois foster care system, and the Center on Halsted (COH) on Thursday announced an effort to lead LGBTQ people through the foster parent process.

On January 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. interested parties anywhere in the State can attend a free webinar, Foster Care & LGBTQIA+, is set for Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and open to anyone in Illinois. The webinar will detail how to assist the more than 22,000 children in Illinois foster care. All presentations are conducted remotely via Zoom. There is no charge to attend but reservations are required. To register, visit www.letitbeus.org/events.The number of LGBTQ youth in foster care is about double the percentage that they represent in the general population, according to Kim Fountain, PhD, chief administrative officer for COH in Chicago.

“I think it is fair to say that we have a crisis on our hands as a community and we need to show our youth that we are there for them,” Fountain said. “It’s hard to believe that with all the gains we have made as a community, that some LGBTQIA+ youth continue to face being kicked out of their homes or are forced to decide that couch surfing or living on the streets are better alternatives to being in their homes.”

“Seeing any youth who cannot live with their family is heartbreaking but seeing one who is cast out or leaves due to their identity is doubly heartbreaking,” said Susan McConnell, founder, and executive director of Let It Be Us. “These tweens and teens need support from all, but especially the LGBTQIA+ community.”

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