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07.07.2017

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CASA at Pride San Antonio

Too many LGBTQ youth come out to family members only to face rejection, hatred, and violence. Those facing the most extreme levels of family rejection and maltreatment are often forced out of their homes, or will run away, becoming homeless or entering the foster care system. CASA understands the needs of these youth and strive to give them a voice and safety.

According to the Human Rights Campaign research has shown that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the foster care system. This means that the percentage of youth in foster care who are LGBTQ-identified is larger than the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the general youth population. LGBTQ youth in foster care also face disparities – differences in experiences in care or treatment by the system. LGBTQ youth enter the foster care system for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ youth in care, such as abuse, neglect, and parental substance abuse. Many LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. To view full report click HERE or visit Human Rights Campaign.

CASA was honored to be a part of the 2017 PRIDE “Bigger than Texas” Festival on Saturday July 1, 2017. We had an opportunity to meet so many amazing people and amazed at how the San Antonio community came together to celebrate!

CASA at Pride San Antonio