Washington State is dedicated to the safety and well-being of EVERY youth in the foster care system. Information about programs and resources for LGBTQ+ youth are available through your caseworker.
Apple Health Core Connections (AHCC) is your health care plan. AHCC is able to assist you in accessing LGBTQ+ services including counseling and medical treatment that meet your needs. Whether you have questions about your benefits, just want to talk, or if you are feeling sad, alone, or anxious – AHCC is available to help, nothing is too big or too small.
DID YOU KNOW? Most current and former foster youth have health care benefits, including trans gender services, through Apple Health Core Connections or click here for more information about health care for current and former foster youth.
Contact Coordinated Care at: 1-844-354-9876 or visit www.coordinatedcarehealth.com/applehealthcoreconnections
Connect with local groups, LGBTQ+ agencies, and resources in your area
- The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386 provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people ages 13-24.
- PFLAG – (202) 683-9306 unites people who are LGBTQ+ with parents, families, friends, and allies.
- Human Rights Campaign – (800) 777-4723 works to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
- National Center for Transgender Equality – Go to website for additional resources and phone numbers under “Contact Us” at the bottom of the home screen. This organization is a social justice advocacy aimed at winning life-saving change for transgender people.
- Foster Care Alumni of America – Washington Chapter – works to support youth and alumni to feel supported
- DSHS website provides information about DSHS programs and services
- Promoting Safety this flyer provides information about LGBTQ agencies and support
- Passion to Action (P2A) a youth advisory board to Children’s Administration made up of youth and alumni of care
- Constituent Relations responds to feedback and concerns from the general public regarding DSHS programs and services call or email: 360 902-8060 or 1 800 723-4831 or ConstRelations@dshs.wa.gov
- If you have safety concerns within your placement, call your caseworker or 1-866-ENDHARM.
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Click on the map to see resources available in your region.