Leigh Built a Family and an International Symposium
In honor of LGBTQ History Month we want to share the heartwarming story of one of our Turning Points staff members whose unexpected journey led to the creation of an international symposium on caring for LGBTQ youth.
Leigh and her wife Sophie were not expecting to foster a teenager. They had their hands full with their 8-year-old son and Leigh was a social worker who had never once mentioned fostering.
That all changed when she met Franz. Franz was 18 and had found himself in the child-welfare system after immigrating here from Indonesia and was experiencing homophobia in his current placement. Leigh realized she and Sophie could immediately give him the loving home he needed. She came home and told her (very surprised) wife of the encounter. They met Franz together, and within 30 days he was in their home.
Leigh became frustrated by the homophobic treatment and lack of support for LGBTQ youth and their families.