Why We Affirm

At A Family for Every Child (AFFEC), we affirm identity because we believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. Recognizing and celebrating diverse identities is fundamental to creating a supportive, inclusive, and affirming environment. We strive to ensure that everyone feels seen, valued, and respected, across all facets of their unique identities.

Statistics show that LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately represented in foster care, comprising over a third of the nearly 400,000 youth in care. Additionally, these youth are twice as likely to experience homelessness compared to their peers, and more than 40% of unhoused youth identify as LGBTQ+​​. By affirming identity, we foster a sense of belonging and self-worth, which is crucial for personal development and mental health. Our commitment extends beyond the youth we serve to include the parents we work with, the partners we collaborate with, and the talented individuals who make up our team.

The presence of a single affirming caregiver can reduce the likelihood of suicide by 57% among LGBTQ+ youth​​. Our holistic approach strives to ensure that every interaction within our organization is grounded in respect, understanding, and support for each person’s unique identity and experience. We actively recruit diverse participants, support and coach affirming caregivers, and implement best practices to create safe spaces where all identities are acknowledged and celebrated. In doing so, we not only support individual growth but also strengthen our entire community. At AFFEC, we understand that affirming identity is not just beneficial; it is essential.

Affirming Youth Identity Saves Lives

How We Affirm