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OCYA Special Report: LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth

OCYA Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth
We are preparing a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Youth in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems. LGBTQ2S+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited.

The online SURVEY is now closed!
Thank you to the young people and stakeholders that took the time to complete our surveys. Sharing your experiences with us will help children and youth in Alberta!
Missed the Deadline?
Are you a young person who identifies as LGBTQ2S+ that:

  • is receiving Child Welfare Services
  • involved with the youth justice system
  • tried to get help from Child Welfare but did not get the help you needed

We believe YOU have important things to say…and we want to hear from you. What you say will help us make recommendations to government!
There is still time to:

  • talk to us on the phone or in-person

Your safety and privacy is very important to us. Your name or any information that would identify who you are will not be shared with anyone.
Call Arlene to talk: 1-800-661-3446
Why are we doing a Special Report?

  • LGBTQ2S+ children and youth have specific vulnerabilities, needs and circumstances that require particular attention.
  • LGBTQ2S+ young people often experience harassment, stigma and rejection while in care and these experiences largely contribute to placement instability, running away, social and emotional problems and limited support networks.
  • Up to 40 percent of homeless youth belong to the LGBTQ2S+ population.
  • One study found that LGBTQ2S+ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than heterosexual peers.
  • In Canada individuals are protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ2S+ youth receiving services have a right to be respected and to have policies and procedures in place that ensure their safety and well-being.
  • It is our hope that this Special Report will provide meaningful recommendations to improve the experiences and outcomes for LGBTQ2S+ young people as they come into contact with child welfare and youth justice.


Last updated: June 14, 2017