Youth and Family Services - Los Angeles LGBT Center

“... I think I was excited to know that the system is doing something about kids like me and stuff like that, so...I wasn't really nervous. I was more like excited to know the system is actually trying to do something for us.”  
–RISE program youth client 

Read the full report on the Findings from the RISE Youth Qualitative Interviews.


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RISE offers comprehensive support and services to LGBTQ+ youth and their support systems.

The RISE Care Coordination Team (CCT) is committed to increasing the safety, well-being and permanency of LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming (GNC) children and youth. The CCT also facilitates parent/caregiver support groups in multiple locations across Los Angeles County.

Services are designed to:

  • Increase support and acceptance in families–biological, extended, foster, and chosen–of LGBTQ+ and GNC children and youth
  • Promote self-esteem and wellness for LGBTQ+ children and youth
  • Achieve and sustain permanent relationships with kin, adoptive, and chosen families
  •  Provide culturally responsive education to professionals responsible for the care of LGBTQ+ and GNC children and youth

Who is eligible for the program?

LGBTQ+ youth, ages 5 to 17, in Los Angeles County who are:

  • Involved with the child welfare or juvenile probation system; or
  • Living at home and experiencing family conflict related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (SOGIE)

Who can refer youth to RISE?

  • Children and youth can self-refer or be referred by a professional (social worker, clinician, etc.), family member, or friend

If you have questions or would like more information contact [email protected].

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If you are an established client of the Center with a non-emergency medical question, please call 323-993-7500.

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