Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

This PowerPoint presentation by Tracy Serdjenian, LMSW, Director of Information Services, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), provides foundational knowledge about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth, as well as strategies for working with LGBTQ youth in foster care and their birth families and foster families.

The section on foundational knowledge addresses theimportance of competence in working with LGBTQ youth, affirming language,experiences of LGBTQ youth, and coming out. The second section provides information on LGBTQ youth in foster care, approaches to working with birth families of LGBTQ youth, tips for child welfare professionals, and tips for foster parents. It was presented at the Wisconsin Annual Statewide Foster Care Coordinators Conference. (September 2013)