Resources for LGBTQ youth

Iowa City, Iowa—Iowa KidsNet recently helped co-host Iowa's first statewide summit on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) youth in the state's child welfare system.

If you are parenting an LGBTQ youth, you may wish to download this list of local and national resources and publications for homeless or out-of-home youth:

LGBTQ Homeless/Out-of-Home Youth Summit Resources

Why you don't have to be perfect

First launched in 2004, this public service advertisement (PSA) campaign from AdoptUSKids has helped raise awareness about adoption from foster care and the number of older youth waiting to be adopted.

Through fun humor, the PSAs show teens in foster care don't need perfection; they need the stability, commitment and love of a permanent connection to a caring adult.

There are more than 31,000 youth between the ages of 11 and 17 in foster care who are available for adoption.

25 Reasons to Foster Teens

Cheering for teens at their high school sports events. Helping them fill out college financial aid forms. Eating dinner together as a family.

You might be surprised how much you have to offer to teens in foster care, just by being yourself.

There is an ongoing need for more people to become foster or adoptive parents for teenagers in foster care. Your support, guidance and care can have a lifelong impact. Here are 25 reasons why you should foster teens:

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