Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Foster/Adoptive Family &
Staff Training Event
Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Kids in Care
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Questioning/Queer)
"LGBTQ - What is that? What does it have to do with me & my family?"
We now know that approximately 1 in 4 youth in care are dealing with the possibility of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning of their sexuality. This forum, including a panel of youth in care, will help you begin to understand what we all need to know when a youth in your care now (or in the future) may be grappling with this issue, and how it affects all of us.
This training is open to staff as well as foster and/or adoptive parents. For the evening session, we welcome youth over age 10 to work on an art project and have an age-appropriate discussion period.
Thursday March 25th, 2010
AM Session: 10am-noon
PM Session: 6-8pm (pizza provided)
Center for Development of Human Services
3 Marcus Blvd. , Colonie, NY 12205
(Off Wolf Road, between the Holiday Inn & the Marriott)
RSVP to Fred Elia at 518-322-0607 by March 23r
Sunday, March 21, 2010
A Thousand Moms
Building Community Support for New York’s LGBT/Q Youth in Foster/Adoptive Care
A Thousand Moms Nominated for Pepsi Refresh Project Award;
Voting Begins April 1.
A Thousand Moms, which supports New York’s families of gay youth in foster/adoptive care, has been named as a finalist for the April 2010 Pepsi Refresh Project. Beginning April 1 at 6:00am and continuing throughout April, supporters can begin voting daily for A Thousand Moms’ nomination. The award would provide $50,000 in funding for a full year. On April 1, supporters can log on to www.athousandmoms.org for a link to the application and voting instructions.
Gay youth in foster/adoptive care face the highest rates of homelessness, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. A Thousand Moms works to build community support so that these youth may live in stable homes and live healthy, productive lives.
In its application for the Pepsi grant, A Thousand Moms seeks support for programs that include:
• Ask Mom, a program of supporting member Moms, Dads, uncles, and grandparents, etc, who lend their expertise and understanding to foster/care adoptive families with gay youth.
• Our monthly Network of Support statewide conference calls that directly connect parents and agency staff and give them information, resources, and ideas they can use on a day-to-day basis. Advocacy and resource groups also participate in these teleconferences to lend their support for gay youth in foster care.
• A Banners of Hope community volunteer project to promote public awareness of the need for support of LGBT/Q youth in foster/adoptive care.
Information on the Pepsi Refresh Project can be found at www.refresheverything.com.