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Fostering Parenthood

Episode 2: What do those acronyms mean? How to support LGBTQ+ foster youth

Featuring Patrick

Navigating conversations around sexual orientation and gender identity can be difficult and awkward. You might ask yourself questions like, What are the right terms? Is it too soon for this conversation? Our guest Patrick Gabbett, who is a former foster youth and an LGBTQ advocate, will help you answer some of these questions, ask your youth the right questions, and help support their healthy sexual development.

Dorothy Daniels Hi, I’m Dorothy Daniels, I’m a pediatric nurse, a sexual health educator, a mom of 12, and a foster parent just like you. When I became a foster parent, I realized that caregivers oftentimes got overlooked with support, resources, and help during this journey because most things focused on the kids. Fostering Parenthood is that support for caregivers.

Patrick is a former foster and homeless youth, LGBTQ advocate

Fostering Parenthood is a podcast by caregivers for caregivers promoting the healthy sexual development of foster youth, brought to you by the National Center for Youth Law and the Reproductive Health Equity Project. The laws and policies discussed in our show are specific to LA County and California. However, any out-of-state or international listeners should check the regulations specific to their state or country.

Episode Resources

  • Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide: Conversion Therapy Is Child Abuse (article link)

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Fostering Parenthood is fully supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Population Affairs.

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