Highlights from LGBTQ Foster Care Alumni Panel Discussion
More than 400 professionals joined ACAF for our panel discussion with LGBTQ foster care alumni on April 22nd. Thank you to panelists Weston Charles-Gallo, Christian Carter, and Melvin Roy for sharing their experiences and insights and to Brittney Carey at FosterClub for partnering with ACAF to make the discussion a success. The panel received overwhelmingly positive feedback and here are some of the highlights and resources shared during the conversation:
Empathy: Panelists were asked to share the most important characteristics of the adults who showed up in affirming and supportive ways while they were in care. Empathy was a common theme and this video animation on teachings from Brené Brown on empathy was highly recommended by panelists and attendees alike.
Orgs to Know: Two organizations were suggested by attendees for those working to get resources to foster youth and young adults right now: Dream Makers Project and One Simple Wish.
Important Question: One of the many important questions from attendees sparked a lot of conversation: “If a prospective adoptive family says ‘yes we are open to LGBTQ+ youth’ what are some follow up questions to ask, aside from them expanding on their ‘yes?’”
This resource from NYC ACS lists several examples, including:
How would you describe your level of comfort with speaking with a foster child about their SOGIE? From one to ten, one being very uncomfortable and ten being extremely comfortable – Explain and if low what would you need to help you increase your comfort level?
Would you welcome an LGBTQ youth’s friends and partners into your home? Why or why not and please explain your answer.
If your foster child wants to wear clothing known to be attached to his/her gender identity, how would you handle it?
Watch the panel discussion on-demand now.