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When children and youth experience the loss of parents or guardians and have no extended family to care for them, or when child welfare services remove them from families due to abuse or neglect, or when they have run away or been kicked out by their family but they are still minors, they may be placed in government care, or foster care. Foster care includes living with foster families assigned by child welfare services, placement in a group home, or occasionally, among older adolescents, supervised independent living with financial support from the government. Since extensive research has documented that LGBTQ youth report higher rates of abuse, as well as running away or being kicked out of their homes, some of them will inevitably end up ...

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