Resources for Adult Caregivers of LGBTQ Youth

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Whether you are a biological parent, caregiver, kinship, foster or adoptive family, it is critical to create a supportive home environment when raising an LGBTQ youth. For more information on the vulnerabilities of LGBTQ youth in foster care, and the importance of being an affirming adult, please see the Research and Data page located in the left sidebar.

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The following resources have been created for families raising LGBTQ youth:

Resources Regarding Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary Youth

The Office of Children and Family Services recognizes and supports the gender identity of all youth. It is critical to provide resources that are affirming and supportive, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Within the LGBTQ+ community, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary (TGNC) youth face increased risks for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. It is important to better understand TGNC youth gender identity and expression, inform youth about protections they have against gender-identity discrimination, and to understand their needs and experiences related to gender transition.

The resources below introduce TGNC gender transition through videos, webinars and education on gender transition and pronoun usage, and information from TGNC health programming worldwide. Further learning for New York State employees about Gender Identity can be found on the Statewide Learning Management System under the title "Gender Identity Toolkit."

If you are looking for local resources, the following directories can help you identify your nearest LGBTQ Center or LGBTQ-affirming service provider: