Kristen Kimmel Urges Training of All Foster Parents and Caseworkers to Support LGBTQ Youth in Their Care

Kristen Kimmel (’96), Senior Attorney and Director of the LGBTQ Project at Lawyers for Children, was quoted in The New York Times calling for inclusion of advocates in plans to improve services and training of all foster parents to support children regardless of sexuality or gender expression following a recent survey showing over a third of young people in foster care in New York City identify as L.G.B.T.Q. (“What Happens to Some L.G.B.T.Q. Teens When Their Parents Reject Them,” Nov. 11). “While A.C.S. has had a policy for quite some time that they’re going to train all of their foster parents, all of their agency caseworkers and everybody that provides services to these kids to be accepting of them, that really hasn’t come to pass. There are plenty of foster homes that are rejecting of these young people.”