Supporting Permanency for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

 

As part of the 2015 National Foster Care Month initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway, hosted a free, interactive webinar about supporting permanency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The webinar highlighted how the Children's Bureau supports child welfare agencies in improving workers' competency in serving both LGBTQ youth in care and prospective LGBT foster and adoptive families. Presenters shared ways to achieve permanency and promote a sense of community and connectedness for youth who identify as LGBTQ. The webinar also focused on what agencies, frontline staff, and families can do to welcome, understand, accept, and better support the needs of these youth. The webinar is available on the 2015 National Foster Care Month website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/more/webinar/supporting-permanency-for-lgbtq-youth-in-foster-care/.