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.

Published in Children's Justice Act

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

Published in LGBTQ Youth

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/

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!

Published in LGBTQ Youth

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.

Published in Best Practices

Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies Video and Guide

The Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies video and guide builds State and territorial capacity to create culturally inclusive environments within child welfare agencies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. Creating a culturally inclusive environment means developing a welcoming, culturally sensitive, supportive, and affirming agency for all people—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Culturally inclusive child welfare agencies provide children, youth, and families with opportunities to: 

  • See themselves mirrored in the agency’s art and photos
  • Feel visible instead of invisible
  • Fill out forms inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Receive respectful treatment from support staff, frontline staff, training staff, and supervisory staff

The Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies Video Guide (PDF - 219 KB) helps public child welfare agencies understand the purpose of and context for the Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies video and how the video can be used to support LGBTQ children, youth, and families who are involved in the child welfare system. It also includes additional resources as well as discussion questions that agencies may use to facilitate presentation of the video.

This video illustrates two versions of one couple's experience with an agency: The first version shows an agency that does not demonstrate a culturally-inclusive environment, while the second version shows an agency that does.

Video Link

Published in Best Practices
Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

OJJDP's Model Programs Guide (MPG)

This online resource of evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs, has added three new literature reviews. MPG literature reviews provide practitioners and policymakers with relevant research and evaluations on more than 40 juvenile justice topics and programs. These three literature reviews address:

In addition to literature reviews, MPG offers program profiles, information on program implementation, and resource links.

Published in Best Practices