At the end of the day, which of these four children’s needs are met and which needs go
unmet? Who answers this question? Fundamentally, why is this even a permissible question to
Meeting the needs of all children in state care includes meeting the needs of children and
youth who identify as LGBTQ. Meeting the needs of all LGBTQ children and youth requires a
nuanced and sophisticated approach that acknowledges that the needs of the LGBTQ community
are not limited to the needs of LGBTQ individuals who are white, heteronormative, affluent, and
with no disability. Developing services to provide for the needs of the LGBTQ population that is
diverse as society at large requires the willingness to ask tough questions and probe underlying
assumptions about privilege.
Only when this is done will all of the needs of all LGBTQ children and youth in state care
be addressed. Only then will the child welfare system be able to say that it is meeting its core
mission and statutory requirements.