Assistant Assembly Majority Leader Nelson Araujo of Las Vegas has introduced a bill that would do wonders for LGBT youth in the foster care system in the city. It would first and foremost allow children to identify with their gender identity, as well as require training of staff in the foster care system to work well with LGBT+ youth.
In a system where LGBT youth have difficulty being placed in loving homes, the bill would also require the Las Vegas division of Children and Family Services to more accurately place LGBT children in accepting homes and would exempt religious families from fostering LGBT youth. If LGBT children in the foster care were not satisfied with how they are being treated, the bill would also provide them with a platform to share their grievances. Yes, this bill covers it all!
Though Araujo notes that it is an “emotional” bill for some, it’s an important one to take care of the needs of a large portion of youth the foster care system.
“I strongly feel that if we allow ourselves to pass this bill and get it signed that we’ll be making great advancements toward ensuring that all of our youth have the proper protections in order to thrive in our great state,” said Araujo.
When the bill was introduced, many lawmakers seemed to be in favor of the bill (as no one spoke in opposition to it) and realize that there’s a need to help both foster families and LGBT youth to work together to create safe and loving homes.