Protecting the Rights and Providing Appropriate Services to LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Out-of-Home Care - Alaska

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Rights of LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Foster Care

Citation: Alaska Foster Children and Youth Rights

In policy: A youth in foster care has a right to protection against being discriminated against or harassed based on their sexual or gender identity, age, race, disability, religion, and family history.

A youth in foster care has the following additional rights:

  • To be who they are and to express themself
  • To tell someone when their rights are not being met
  • To have privacy and for confidential information to be protected
  • To be free of abuse and neglect

Supports for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in Care

Citation: Alaska Foster Children and Youth Rights

A youth in foster care is entitled to the following:

  • To go to school and get an education that fits their age and individual needs
  • To participate in extracurricular, social, and community activities (e.g., scouting; organized activities; sleepovers with friends who are appropriate, safe, and in the youth's best interests)
  • To see a doctor, dentist, or specialist for medical care
  • To talk to a counselor or mental health clinician
  • To have a say about their medical and mental health care

Placement Considerations

This issue is not addressed in the laws and policies reviewed.

Caregiver Qualifications

This issue is not addressed in the laws and policies reviewed.

Definitions

This issue is not addressed in the laws and policies reviewed.