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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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/

 
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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!

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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges recently passed resolutions and policy statements on how to improve the lives of youth and families involved with juvenile or family courts. The resolutions address the needs of homeless youth and families, support a developmental approach to juvenile probation, and recognize the need for independent oversight of youth confinement facilities. The Council also released two bench cards: one with guidance on working with youth regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and one on applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings. In addition, the Council released a guide of principles and practices addressing custody and visitation.

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