AB 458, the Foster Care Non-Discrimination Act, went into effect on January 1, 2004.
This law is the first of its kind in the United States to explicitly include
protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)
youth and adults involved with the foster care system.
We’ve developed a new model of care to help LGBT and questioning foster
youth thrive in loving and stable homes.
1 in 5 L.A. foster youth identify as LGBTQ.
LGBTQ foster youth are 2x as likely to live in a group facility, rather than a loving family.
LGBTQ youth are 2x as likely to report poor treatment by the foster system.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s groundbreaking, federally-funded RISE
(Recognize Intervene Support Empower) initiative initially developed and tested a new service model to reduce the number of LGBTQ+ youth in long-term foster care and help them find loving, permanent homes. The model works with youth, parents, caregivers, and child welfare professionals to combat the heterosexism and anti-LGBT bias that too frequently result in the mistreatment and abuse of LGBTQ+ youth and by reforming policies and practices that aren’t sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ youth.
Today, the program now reflects the direct service and capacity building teams structure while evolving into a more robust program that works in broader systems of care at a local, state, and federal levels. RISE is recognized as one of the leading LGBTQ+ programs addressing the disproportionate outcomes for youth in care with an ever-expanding permanent connection between direct services, training and coaching, and advocacy to achieve systems-level change.
The Center’s RISE initiative, launched in 2009, was funded by the Children’s
Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for
Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.