The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families (ACAF) program promotes LGBTQ-inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies. Through training and technical assistance resources, the ACAF team helps organizations meet our shared goal: achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for all children and youth in care. During this workshop, ACAF will provide a brief overview of research on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care as well as LGBTQ-headed families. Attendees will better understand sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), and how these aspects of identity intersect with other key aspects of a young person’s identity and experience. Attendees will gain insight into their roles in navigating disclosures around SOGIE, ensuring safety, and identifying affirming placements.Concrete tips for individuals and organizations seeking to build their LGBTQ competency will be provided.
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