The ABA Center on Children and the Law announced the launch of “The Kids are Listening” video and resources. “The Kids are Listening,” is a nationwide awareness campaign to help ensure that thousands of LGBTQ children and teens in foster care receive the legal rights and protection they deserve and need. The services are freely available. It’s the first of its kind in the nation and provides support to legal and social services professionals – from judges to children’s attorneys and social services personnel – who are involved in the foster care community.
The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law is a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. The attorneys working on the Opening Doors project have, combined, 35 years working in the child welfare legal community. They have represented the child welfare agency, as well as children and youth in the foster care system. They focus much of their work on permanency issues for youth in foster care with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth.