Committed to Diversity
B & L Resources is committed to diversity
Like all young people, 2SLGBTQQIA [two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual] youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, 2SLGBTQQIA youth in care face additional challenges. These include the losses that brought them into care in the first place, as well as traumas they may have suffered. They also include stressors unique to 2SLGBTQQIA youth, including homophobia or trans-phobia and the need to evaluate (often with little or no support) the safety of their communities, schools, social networks, and homes in order to decide whether to disclose their 2SLGBTQQIA identity, when, and to whom.
Despite these challenges, 2SLGBTQQIA youth, like all youth in care, can heal and thrive when families commit to accepting, loving, and supporting them as they grow into their potential as adults.
While approximately 5 to 10 percent of the general population is estimated to be to be other than cisgender, studies have found that a greater percentage of those aging out of care reported a sexual orientation other than heterosexual (24 percent of females and 10 percent of males). These numbers are likely to be under-reported because youth who come out often risk harassment and abuse.
B & L Resources for Children, Youth & Families is committed to supporting youth through these challenges and preparing them well for the journey ahead.
Education and training for staff and foster parents is an essential part of B & L’s commitment to diversity and form the core values necessary for the acceptance and caring for youth, regardless of where they are on the gender spectrum and where appropriate, regarding Two Spirited individuals, always in accordance with traditional indigenous teachings and values.