RISE offers comprehensive support and services to improve the safety, well-being, and stability of LGBTQ+ youth.

RISE is an adapted model integrating established practices with LGBTQ+ specific education and support strategies. RISE staff partner with the youth, caregiver(s), and professionals to develop strength-based strategies to support the positive identity development of LGBTQ+ youth, provide LGBTQ+ education and support to families and caregivers, and develop a network of supportive adults that demonstrate awareness, support, and affirmation of their youth’s LGBTQ+ identity.

Youth held in arms

Tailored services are designed to:

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

Who is eligible for the program?

Los Angeles County LGBTQ+ youth, ages 2 to 25 who:

  • Have a current DCFS case
  • Previously had a DCFS case
  • Have ever been referred to DCFS

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 us.