Youth Acceptance Project Success Story for an LGBTQ child and their family
Bryce’s sex assigned at birth was female, but he always knew he really was a boy. Bryce came out as transgender at the age of 14. His parents had recently separated and both struggled with accepting their transgender child. Bryce was also struggling: with self harming behavior, with academics, and with relationships at school.
The Family Builders Youth Acceptance Project social worker, called a Family Advocate, supported Bryce’s parents through their journey of acceptance of their child’s identity. It was Bryce’s father who first welcomed the Youth Acceptance Project: when Bryce and his sibling moved to live full time with their father, their dad became a strong supporter for Bryce, advocating for him at school and within their family.
With the Family Advocate’s encouragement, seeing a family therapist with his dad helped Bryce stop his self-harming behavior, and his grades got better in school. Bryce’s father came to fully embrace Bryce’s gender identity, including changing his name legally, and getting gender-affirming medical support.
Family Builders meets families where they are and helps them through their journey. The Youth Acceptance Project reduces the time LGBTQ+ children and youth spend in foster care, helps families reunite, or even better, prevents separation in the first place.
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