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The Office of Children and Family Services is dedicated to treating all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, with respect and dignity. Please find below links to resources for LGBTQ youth.

Note: External links are provided for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the Office of Children and Family Services, as noted in the disclaimer. When users click an external link and leave the OCFS website, they should be aware that they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

Mental Health Supports

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning youth experiencing depression and/or suicidal thoughts, please immediately call one of the hotlines below:

Safe Shelter

If you have run away, or are considering running away, consider reaching out to the resources below:

Foster Care

If you are in foster care, the New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care is available both English and Spanish. The document also informs youth of what actions they may take if they feel that their rights are not being respected.

Local Resources

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

For a safe online space to communicate with someone about your LGBTQ identity, you can reach out to the LGBT National Help Center. They offer:

Look up your nearest LGBTQ Center on Center Link, a nationwide directory of LGBTQ Centers. Many LGBTQ Centers provide the following services:

Find your nearest LGBTQ Health and Human Services provider online from this New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network directory, maintained by The Center in New York City.

If you are in New York City, LGBTQ-affirming providers are also listed at the NYC Comptroller’s LGBTQ Guide of Services. The directory includes different categories of service types, specific LGBTQ identities, an interactive map, and a search function.

If you are an LGBTQ youth in need of legal support, please see the resources below: