Tuesday, August 28, 2012

State Senate Passes Bill That Will Provide Safe And Informed Foster Homes For LGBT Youth

Big news for California's LGBT youth in the foster care system!
Assembly Bill 1856, which was designed to make foster care safer and more supportive for LGBT youth has been approved by the California state Senate!
The bill passed with a vote of 23-12. It was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by Equality California and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

According to LGBT Weekly, the bill "will require existing training programs for foster youth caregivers to include best practices for serving LGBT youth, including LGBT competency and sensitivity training."

Bill 1856 is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after what's being described as "a routine concurrence vote" in the Assembly.

LGBT youth face many different dangers in the foster care system from harassment and bullying to basic misunderstanding of their unique needs.

The bill provide guidelines to ensure that they're given the care that they need.

Assemblymember Ammiano says, “AB 1856 ensures that foster care providers have the necessary tools to adequately respond to the unique issues specific to LGBT youth. This bill will help to provide comfort, safety and support to LGBT foster youth while reducing harassment and discrimination.”

Congrats to all involved in pushing this necessary legislation through!

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