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We are Proud of Our Diverse Youth

A growing body of research is showing that LGBTQ youth nationally are over-represented in foster care, possibly due to increased isolation and discrimination.

A study conducted in 2019 by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 30.4 percent of youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ, compared to 11.2 percent of all youth identifying as LGBTQ in a nationally representative sample reported in the same study.

Education and advocacy is paramount because these youth and young adults experience a greater degree of victimization and rejection than their non-LGBTQ counterparts (Baams L, Wilson BDM, Russell) and, as a result, are more likely to attempt suicide, according to a 2021 research brief by the Trevor Project.

Here at Communities Connected for Kids, we take great (keep reading)

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Forever Families Project

Children available for adoption are featured weekly on CBS 12 through the Forever Family project. This Florida-based non-profit project leverages the power of the media to help children and teens in foster care find loving, adoptive families. Communities Connected for Kids became a Forever Family partner earlier this summer to highlight the adoption needs of local children in foster care.

All segments air on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and again on Saturdays, then on NBC 6 Miami, NBC 6 Fort Myers, and WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. To see previous segments, visit CBS 12. You can also catch each interview on our Communities Connected for Kids Facebook page.

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