Foster kids are the silent victims of the budget crisis.
46 states and the District of Columbia have cut fund going to foster care programs, which are vital to the well-being of kids.
What’s worse is that foster care was ALREADY facing a lot of problems, including LGBTQ foster kids.
A study conducted last year found that only only 21 foster families, out of 246 that were surveyed, would accept a gay teenager. The results also showed that "virtually all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning kids in group homes had reported verbal harassment; 70 percent had been subjected to violence."
Further, same-sex couples also face problems when trying to adopt. Some states have even institutionalized discrimination against same-sex adoptions, including Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska and Utah.
The best ways to get involved is to make sure to vote for officials who have a sense of decency and support the rights of LGBTQ kids and same-sex parents. You can also become a mentor to kids in need — just ask around your hometown!
There’s hope as long as we work together!
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