The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has arranged a seminar with prospective foster parents to provide them with all necessary information. Officials said they are especially looking for LGBTQ foster and adoptive families.
"We desperately need more adults in the LGBTQ community and allies to help foster our LGBTQ youth in care," said Jane Kelly, the department’s statewide LGBT coordinator. "Many of our youth come into care when they are told to leave their homes by their own families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. And while it’s sad and simply not right, we, as a community, need to step forward and help foster, adopt or mentor our youth."
According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Illinois Department of Human Service, they would have at present 25,000 homeless youth in Illinois.
In the US, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force indicates that 40% of homeless people are LGBT, so almost half of those who have no home are part of our community.
If you are parents looking to adopt children or if you wish to become foster parents, please check with the The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: illinois.gov/dcfs/pages/default.aspx