With Caitlyn Jenner recently on the front of many magazine covers, many Americans have come to have a new understanding of the transgender community, and all people who are qualified as LGBT or Q. Even so, organizations in our area have had trouble finding proper placement for LGBTQ foster youth.

Just in time for many events designed to raise awareness and show off pride, a Foster Parent Recruitment will be taking place on June 17th, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The event will be held at 3 Fold Communications, 2031 K Street.

According to an article on hrc.org, 4 in 10 LGBTQ youths feel that the community they are in are not accepting of people like them.

Familieslikeours.org has been reported as saying, “the need to provide safe foster homes for LGBT&Q youth has been increasing nationally. It is estimated that between 15% – 20% of current foster youth identify as LGBT&Q, and nearly 40% of run away street kids are LGBT&Q; it is estimated that 30% of which are in, or have been in the foster care system.”

The goal of the event is to hopefully gain a few new LGBTQ affirming homes, as well as raise awareness of a subject not often thought of or talked about. Every foster child, no matter what their orientation, have needs to be met and should be treated with kindness and respect.

You can email the co-chairs Ben Hudson or Bev Kearney at ben@ghcmail.com or kearnb@saccounty.net

Those interested in attending the event are urged to RSVP with Karen Parker at parkek@saccounty.net. Please do so before noon on June 12th.