Foster Fathers Support LGBTQ+ Youth
“I like to just show the kids, be your true self,” said Brandon. “Just seeing LGBT people that do different types of jobs, help people in different ways. It’s a different perspective than what you might see on TV and I think that’s really important.”
Finding Support with MENTOR
Brandon and Justin have felt completely supported on their journey as same-sex foster parents, from their support team to the biological families they have worked with. “The one thing we do know for certain,” said Justin, “is that if we ever need anything we can always reach out to MENTOR.”
Define Your Own Family
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Brandon and Justin each shared their advice for potential foster parents, and both emphasized not to take things personally. Brandon said, “You learn from each youth so just learn. Add more to your lens.” Justin added, “Learn and grow, but make it fun.” They have been amazed by the impact they have been able to have for kids in care, even when they thought the kids might not be listening.