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

Adapt  policies and practices to meet the growing needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families. 

Publication year: 2016
Author:
Capacity Building Center for States

Description

Provides links to knowledge- and skill-building resources, including articles, videos, tools, training curricula, tip sheets, information briefs, websites, and other products, to help State and territorial child welfare agencies meet the needs of 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 address the four categories below:

Creating a Culturally Competent Environment

Includes readiness assessments, LGBTQ policies, guidelines, and procedures and other tools to help build cultural competence and create a welcoming agency environment.

Best Practices

Includes best practices regarding education, normalcy, and health and well-being for LGBTQ children and youth as well as support for LGBTQ families.

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Training Curricula

Includes training curricula for child welfare and other professionals related to working with LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

Studies, Information Briefs, and Reports

Includes studies, information briefs, and reports related to LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2016). Toolkit to Support Child Welfare Agencies in Serving LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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