Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-01-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Groups seek to increase pool of LGBTQ parents
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Charlsie Dewey
2016-07-05

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Illinois agencies are partnering in hopes of increasing the pool of LGBTQ parents involved in foster care and adoption.

Studies have found that a disproportionate number of youth in need of forever families are LGBTQ. These youths also tend to face unique challenges because of their identities.

Renee Lehocky, director of strategic initiatives at social services organization Lawrence Hall, said of the LGBTQ youth who end up homeless, 50 percent of them have had some relationship with the Department of Children and Family Services at some point in their life.

"What we found is often these youth are rejected from their family," Lehocky said.

Susan Stoga—board member for Let It Be Us, a nonprofit focused on educating potential foster and adoptive parents—added, "Usually, when you think about a child or a teen entering foster care, there is a set of circumstances you think about, like mom and dad cannot take care of them or they were removed. With a lot of teens in the LGBTQ community, its because their parents don't want to support who they've become, and that is heartbreaking."

Because of their unique circumstances, LGBTQ kids in need of forever families are often in their teens and, according to a 2016 study conducted by the Street Outreach Program of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, they are more likely to have attempted suicide, suffered from depression, are at a higher risk for substance abuse and at a higher risk for HIV and STIs than their peers.

Lehocky said the point of the July event is to educate the LGBTQ community about fostering and adoption and ultimately to find accepting homes for more children.

"We've done some research and there is a great recognized strength in LGBTQ parents," said Debbie Saucedo, senior director of operations at the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency.

Saucedo said LGBTQ parents understand what it's like to be seen as different and are often better able to support the unique needs of LGBTQ youth because of their own experiences.

"They are able to expose children to a diverse world and to be able to accept those differences," Saucedo said. "Also, when they adopt the decision is extremely intentional, and they tend to have more resources and more support systems."

Outreach targeting potential LGBTQ parents specifically is new for many of the agencies involved in the event.

"We haven't done the targeted recruitment to bring this issue to this community," Lehocky said.

She said the LGBTQ community has been a largely untapped resource and one she thinks can help solve the problem of finding forever homes for more youth.

She also thinks the passage of marriage equality across the country is adding to increased interest from same sex couples in starting families.

Saucedo said her agency in particular has seen an increase in same sex couples adopting.

"We've seen, within this last year, a 22-percent increase of same sex couples looking to adopt one of our children who has been listed, which is a great improvement for us," she said.

The recruitment event is the first in a yearlong effort to find more potential parents for targeted groups of kids.

"The LGBTQ outreach event is just the first event," Lehocky said. "We have two more events planned. One is recruiting foster homes in general for adolescence whether gay or straight. And the last event will be youth with special medical needs or intellectual disabilities.

"Our goal is to develop a robust pool of respective foster and adoptive homes."

Stoga said it's important to remember anyone can adopt from foster care or be a foster parent, and that these programs do not discriminate against age, income, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.

She invites anyone who thinks they might want to be a parent, now or in the future, to attend the event and learn more about the opportunities available.

Representatives from the following agencies will be available throughout the event: Aunt Martha's, Childserv, Hephzibah Children's Association, Kaleidoscope, Lakeside Community Committee, Lawrence Hall, Little City, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, National Youth Advocate Program, and SOS Children's Villages. Also attending will be some children who are available for adoption.

"Call to Action: Foster and Adopt Our Children" is being held on Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center, 750 S. Halsted St.

Visit letitbeus.org/event/call-action-foster-adopt-children/ to learn more .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NATIONAL Political candidates, Larry Kramer, Virginia laws, drag-queen news 2020-01-27 - LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—endorsed Ross LaJeunesse for the U.S. Senate, a press release ...


Gay News

Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee signs anti-gay adoption bill 2020-01-25 - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a controversial bill that would let adoption agencies deny service to same-sex couples, among others, based on religious ...


Gay News

Center announces new security provider 2020-01-22 - Center on Halsted has finally selected a new security provider, according to a statement released by Center officials the afternoon of Jan. 22. ...


Gay News

Federal court ruling benefits same-sex couples 2020-01-22 - A federal appeals panel of Republican appointees ruled Jan. 17 that the state of Indiana must treat same-sex married couples the same as ...


Gay News

Me Too movement founder at NU Jan. 27 2020-01-22 - Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke will keynote Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Week on Monday, Jan. 27. Burke will speak on the ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal releases report on judicial nominees 2020-01-22 - Lambda Legal released the third edition of its annual report of judicial nominees, showing how the Trump-Pence administration, with the help of Senate ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood, We Testify release "Ours to Tell" short film 2020-01-21 - New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Federation of America ( PPFA ) and We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation ...


Gay News

Indiana same-sex parents can list both names on children's birth certificates 2020-01-19 - On Jan. 17—after more than two and a half years—the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that married same-sex couples in Indiana ...


Gay News

Children Born Abroad to Married U.S. Same-Sex Parents Are U.S. Citizens 2020-01-17 - ( New York, NY — January 17, 2020 ) Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality and pro bono counsel Morgan Lewis this week urged federal ...


Gay News

Access Living names new CEO 2020-01-16 - Access Living's board of directors announced that Karen Tamley has been named the next president/CEO of Access Living. Tamley takes the role March ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.