All Children – All Families promotes LGBTQ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those innovative agencies that are leading the field. 
At the core of this work are the Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion listed below. The benchmarks are organized into seven main areas of inclusive policies and affirming practices that organizations should implement to best serve LGBTQ children, youth and families. For more information and resources on each benchmark, visit hrc.org/acaf-benchmarks. 
Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
2019
https://assets2.hrc.org/files/images/resources/HRC_ACAF_Benchmarks_of_LGBTQ_Inclusion.pdf?_ga=2.112246340.1711927673.1562942285-1026680468.1562942285

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality and embraced as full members  of society at home, at work and in every community.
For nearly 12 years, All Children - All Families (ACAF) has been a crucial component of the HRC Foundation’s efforts to realize that vision by providing resources to guide child welfare agencies in developing LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
2019
https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/ACAF2019-ChangemakersInChildWelfare-Report.pdf

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Trevor Project. 2019

This is the Trevor Project's first wide-ranging report from a cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States. With over 34,000 respondents, it is the largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted and provides a critical understanding of the experiences impacting their lives. This ground-breaking survey provides new insights into the challenges that LGBTQ youth across the country face every day, including suicide, feeling sad or hopeless, discrimination, physical threats and exposure to conversion therapy. The data provides a sobering look at how far we still have to go to protect LGBTQ young lives. But the survey also reveals the resilience and diversity of LGBTQ youth and provides guidance on what can be done to enable them to survive and thrive.

 

Read the full report:
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Trevor-Project-National-Survey-Results-2019.pdf

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ACAF 2019 Report: Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare

On June 26th, the All Children - All Families team released our first-of-its-kind report highlighting more than 70 child welfare agencies across the country that partnered with us to improve the services they provide to LGBTQ youth and parents. These organizations serve more than 350,000 clients annually in 23 states, and employ nearly 11,000 individuals. 

The agencies featured conducted an internal self-assessment, provided professional development to staff and implemented ACAF’s Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion, which track policy and practice changes within agencies.

The report features agencies in three Tiers of Recognition, which celebrate the strides agencies have made toward becoming fully LGBTQ welcoming and affirming.

Download the full report for powerful profiles of child welfare organizations and the LGBTQ youth and clients they serve.

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Youth Today - April 22, 2019

Youth homelessness is a pervasive problem throughout the United States, and its rate has steadily risen over the years. According to the Center for American Progress, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are disproportionately affected by homelessness compared to their percentage in the overall population.

https://youthtoday.org/2019/04/homeless-lgbt-youth-how-we-can-fight-their-invisibility-including-youth-of-color/

Human Rights Campaign - January 31, 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

HRC Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Because there are currently no comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level, the rights of millions of LGBTQ people and their families depend on which state they live in. In 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are. For this reason, the incoming pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has made the Equality Act -- a bill to establish comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people -- a top priority.

Also: Human Rights Campaign's State Equality Index report: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/SEI-2018-Report.pdf?_ga=2.55580520.213824137.1549291926-149022601.1543343607

https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-releases-2018-state-equality-index

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Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/02/07/peds.2017-4211

https://goqnotes.com/62407/study-shows-lgbtq-youth-dont-fare-well-in-child-welfare-system/

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About the Biden Foundation: The Biden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established to carry on Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to public service. By leveraging existing networks and institutions to support, serve, and advocate for LGBTQ communities, the foundation is dedicated to working toward a future where all people are equal in dignity and opportunity. Learn more about As You Are: https://go.bidenfoundation.org/AsYouA...
 
About the Institute for Innovation and Implementation: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. The Institute is committed to building research-based, innovative, sustainable, and transformative child-and family-serving systems, services, and workforce capacity in partnership with government agencies; provider, community, and family- and youth-run organizations; and other leaders and stakeholders to integrate systems and improve outcomes for and with children, youth, and families involved in the public systems. Learn more about The Institute: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/

The video is part of a larger campaign by the Biden Foundation, “As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign.” Check out stories and resources on family and community acceptance!

Published in LGBTQ Youth
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:30

LGBTQ Resources from Human Rights Campaign

HRC Foundation's All Children - All Families has designed, "Field Forward" for professionals and advocates in child welfare. This monthly newsletter offers best practice resources based on challenges and inquiries that you and your peers are currently navigating -- allowing you to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families. Each newsletter will also feature the latest child welfare resources, share examples of how agencies like yours are leading the field, and much more!

To learn more about All Children - All Families or to participate on behalf of your agency, visit hrc.org/acafRegister for our free online learning offerings, covering promising practices in serving LGBTQ children, youth and families!

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Toolkit to Support Child Welfare Agencies in Serving LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families

As the culture and laws related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals have become more inclusive in recent years, an increasing number of LGBTQ people are self-disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (i.e., “coming out”) during childhood or adolescence. Additionally, the number of LGBTQ individuals coming forward to serve as temporary or permanent caregivers to children and youth in foster care has increased.

This toolkit is designed to help States and territories adapt their policies and practices to meet the growing needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families. It provides links to knowledge and skill building resources, including articles, videos, tools, training curricula, tip sheets, information briefs, websites, and other products. Resources are divided into the five categories. 

Access the website with resources, click here.

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