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(facebook.com/KidsAreListening) andTwitter (twitter.com/kidsrlistening).
A growing coalition of support is coming from major organizations across thenation including the American Humane Association; the Anti-Defamation League;Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up Campaign; Lambda Legal; the ChildWelfare League of America
the National Association of Counsel for Children; theNational Black Justice Coalition; The National Council of Juvenile and Family CourtJudges;
the National LGBT Bar Association; Safe Schools Coalition; and the
It GetsBetter Project
syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage.
“The Kids are Listening”
campaign is part of the ABA Center on Childrenand the Law’s Opening Doors Project, which was created in 2005 toincrease the legal community’s awareness of LGBTQ youth in foster careand the unique issues they face and to provide the legal community withadvocacy tools to successfully represent these youth.“Youth in foster care grapple with serious and often devastating risk factorsincluding substance abuse, health issues, harassment in foster care andschool, and high suicide rates,“ said Mimi Laver, Director of the OpeningDoors Project
and Legal Education at the ABA Center on Children and theLaw.
“’The Kids are Listening’
campaign is about creating much-neededawareness in communities across America and teaching them how toaddress issues of bullying and discrimination to LGBTQ youth in a way thatcan be immediately implemented. We can all make a difference in thelives of these vulnerable children and teens – judges, lawyers, child welfareprofessionals, teachers, guidance counselors, and community membersalike.”According to Laver, recent statistics on LGBTQ youth – both in and out of the foster care system – portray a grim reality for these children and teens:2