Foster Care, LGBTQ Youth & Increased Suicide

Published on: May 26, 2021.

LGBTQ youth who had been in foster care had 3x greater odds

of reporting a past-year suicide attempt

About this Data Insights

In partnership with The Trevor Project, this new infographic explores the foster care system in the United States and shines a light on the unique challenges facing LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth and young adults, particularly transgender individuals and those of color, are at higher odds of being in the foster care system and face an increased risk of suicide. While the challenges are substantial, there are some clear solutions and strategies to support these children and youth, including improving access to LGBTQ-affirming health services and schools.

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

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Where do foster children live?: American Society for the Protective Care of Children, Get the Facts: Foster Care & Adoption

Age & gender data: U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, The AFCARS Report, Preliminary FY2019 Estimates as of June 23, 2020

Racial & ethnic data: The Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center, Black Children Continue to Be Disproportionately Represented in Foster Care

Why are children in foster care?: American Society for the Protective Care of Children, Get the Facts: Foster Care & Adoption

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care: The Trevor Project, The Trevor Project Research Brief: LGBTQ Youth with a History of Foster Care, May 2021

How has the pandemic impacted the foster care system?

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