Valley Man Works to Protect LGBT Youth in Foster Care

December 3, 2014 | by Laura Yanez | KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2

As a child, Angel Lopez, now 20 and openly gay, moved in and out of 15 foster homes where he often endured deeply homophobic sentiments on the part of foster family members. As a gay foster child, Lopez was not alone: Studies show that one in five children in foster care in Riverside County, California, where Lopez lives, are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex.

As a child, Angel Lopez, now 20 and openly gay, moved in and out of 15 foster homes where he often endured deeply homophobic sentiments on the part of foster family members. As a gay foster child, Lopez was not alone: Studies show that one in five children in foster care in Riverside County, California, where Lopez lives, are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex. This article explains how Lopez’s life improved after he was matched with an openly gay volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate whose mission is to protect children from hate crimes and discrimination at home.