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New Report: 32% of Youth in Cuyahoga County Foster Care are LGBTQ+; Disproportionately Having Adverse Experiences

“It’s been a bumpy road,” said the 17-year-old who is currently in the permanent custody of the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (CCDCFS). “A really bumpy road.” Over the past five years, Anastasia has moved between foster homes to group-living arrangements to a brief time at a residential care facility. She remembers being terrified at age 12 when she was first told that she was going “into the system.”

Ohio girl scout aims for highest honor…via amplifying LGBTQ+ youth voices

Only one project stands between Halle Preneta and the highest honor that can be achieved by a Girl Scout. And she is taking decidedly rainbow approach to get to her goal. The 18-year-old Chagrin Falls resident has spent more than half of her life in the Girl Scouts, and is now poised to complete the Gold Award, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts.

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