“I was placed in a system and diagnosed as different-sick-simply because I was confused about my sexuality.” (Source: Child Welfare League of America)
“My boyfriend’s father would give him up for adoption if he knew he was gay.” (Source: New York Times)
Too often, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBT/Q) youth in foster/adoptive care experience rejection, from their families, from their peers, from society. The results are among the highest rates of social problems, most alarmingly, teen suicide.
Our non-profit organization, A Thousand Moms, believes it’s time to celebrate and support the lives of New York State’s youth in foster care who may be LGBT/Q. A project of the National Association of Former Foster Children, A Thousand Moms, with the help of private citizens from all walks of life in New York’s communities--our “Moms”-- believes it’s time to greatly reduce government costs for LGBT/Q youth in foster careby minimizing the use of group homes and maximizing placement with foster / adoptive families. We want to ensure that these youth begin productive, positive lives.
Our professional trainings and recruitment will be directed at foster/adoptive and birth parents of these youth. A Thousand Moms promises to seek solutions and reach out to youth and families before crises arise. A Thousand Moms will also directly answer questions from state and private agencies regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning youth in the foster care system.
A Thousand Moms is a project of the National Association of Former Foster Children, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
We look forward to hearing from you and partnering with organizations and individuals. All are invited!