December 21, 2012 Articles

A Children's Rights Lawyer's Perspective on LGBTQ Youth Issues

By Cindy C. Albracht-Crogan

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are, unfortunately, overrepresented in the child-welfare system, juvenile-justice system, and homeless population. While involved in these systems or living on the streets, LGBTQ youth experience more harassment, violence, and rejection, and they engage in more suicide attempts, than their non-LGBTQ counterparts. The best practices for providing high-quality representation of the unique LGBTQ youth population were discussed during the March 13, 2012, webinar and telephone conference "Recognizing and Addressing LGBTQ Issues in Your Children's Law Caseload." The conference was sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, the Center on Children and the Law, the National LGBT Bar Association, and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. The conference featured a panel consisting of attorneys, analysts, advocates, and practitioners who have firsthand knowledge of and experience dealing with the struggles of LGBTQ youth who are in the foster care or juvenile-justice systems or who may find themselves homeless.

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