Foster Care Organization honors LGBTQ+ foster parents and children

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – This Pride Month, Kids Crossing, a local child placement agency, is honoring foster parents who provide homes for LGBTQ+ youth.

A study 2019 recorded that 30.4% of foster children identify as LGBTQ+. Because of this large population, Kids Crossing says it’s extremely important to find parents who will be committed to creating affirmation homes for LGBTQ+ children.

“It’s a major change for them,” adoptive mother Lynette Johnson said. they have to go because what happens to them changes their lives.

Johnson is currently adopting two children, including a transgender with autism. After two years of fostering children in partnership with Kids Crossing, Johnson said her eyes are now open to the challenges many children in foster care face.

“You don’t realize the trauma the kids have gone through, the background they come from, all the counseling, all the therapy, all the stuff that goes into foster care,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, it’s one of those things where you have to learn a lot, but it’s very rewarding.”

Sarah Bailey, Kids Crossing Recruitment and Retention Specialist for the Colorado Springs and Denver area, works hard to find ready-to-welcome parents.

She said she currently sees a great need for families to not only work with children who identify as LGBTQ+, but also to be a home of affirmation for those children.

“We don’t need families to already know all of this,” Bailey said. “We’re going to go through this with them and walk with them to figure out what those resources need to look like and what that child needs at that time, but just someone who’s open to that and willing to help that child understand that.”

For more information on host families and Kids Crossing, Click here.

Aubrey L. Morgan