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June is PRIDE month! ​

Did you know that there are over 400,000 youth in foster care, and approximately one-third of them identify as LGBTQ+?

These amazing kids need and deserve the love and support of affirming, nurturing families! Together, we can ensure ALL youth in foster care – no matter their age, gender, or orientation are connected to LOVING and AFFIRMING lifetime families.

LGBTQ+ youth need families and LGBTQ+ parents make permanent, loving families too!

A Look at the Numbers
40%

More than 40% of YGB parents identify as LGBTQ+ and, in our most recent parent training course, 57% of participants identified as such.

Nationwide

Nationwide, LGBTQ+ parents are seven times more likely to adopt and foster children as compared to their straight counterparts.

30%

An estimated 30% of young people in foster care identify as LGBTQ+, many of whom entered care due to rejection from their families because of their identity. Once in foster care, LGBTQ+ youth face higher rates of mistreatments and increased likelihood of being placed in group homes.

44%

44% of LGBTQ+ foster youth reported that they entered foster care as a direct result of their identity.

Since launching the Pride initiative in 2014, You Gotta Believe has proudly focused on two key areas

“It’s changed my life in so many different ways. I feel like I belong somewhere. I feel like my life has meaning now, and I have someone to lean on when I’m not feeling happy. It’s just generally changed my life!
-Carlos on being adopted by his dads when he was 9 years old.

YGB provides leadership in LGBTQ advocacy both locally and nationally.

We are a founding partner of the LGBT Action Group and a key collaborator with The Center’s LGBT Foster Care Project, a project to increase the number of homes for all youth, with a special emphasis on LGBTQ+ youth.

Help You Gotta Believe to continue its inclusive work for all children and all families.

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