California Bill Seeks to Ensure New Rights for LGBTQ Foster Youth
When Marcellia Goodrich was growing up in Los Angeles County foster homes, identifying as queer was a source of friction. She recalls one foster mom refusing to send her to prom because she would have taken another girl as a date.
Los Angeles’ Plan to Address the Overrepresentation of Black and LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a new office to address the high number of African American and LGBTQ youth in the county’s child welfare system. A new Office of Equity within the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) aims to stem the overrepresentation of these youth in foster care and address the disparities these communities experience.
California Youth Connection Turns 30: Three Decades of Foster Youth Leading the Way
Three decades ago, a group of foster youth who wanted to drive like average teenagers came together to fight for the right to obtain driver’s licenses. When these teens founded California Youth Connection in 1988, it was the only foster care advocacy organization led by youth themselves.