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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. 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.
LGBTQ2S+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited.

When will the report come out?
Thank you to the young people and stakeholders that took the time to complete our surveys or have an interview. Sharing your experiences will help children and youth in Alberta!
Right now we are working hard to ensure that what we heard is reflected in the report by capturing what was shared with us in the writing.
Stay tuned for a confirmed release date.
Why are we doing a Special Report?

  • LGBTQ2S+ young people can experience harassment, stigma and rejection while in care and these experiences contribute to:
    • placement instability
    • running away
    • social and emotional problems
    • limited support networks
  • LGBTQ2S+ children and youth have vulnerabilities, needs and circumstances that require particular attention.
  • Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ2S+.
  • LGBTQ2S+ youth face higher 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.


Last updated: August 17, 2017