How COVID-19 is Impacting LGBTQ Youth, the Trevor Project, 2020 The Trevor Project conducted a poll among a national sample of 600 LGBTQ Youth, 175 Black LGBTQ Youth, 600 Straight/Cisgender Youth, and 196 Straight Cisgender Youth. Their findings show that COVID-19 has negatively impacted the mental health of LGBTQ youth, presenting them with unique challenges.
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources This document provides resources, activities and concrete steps to take become an allies and ultimately an accomplice for anti-racist work. It is regularly updated and ordered in order to be maximally accessible.
Professional Statements & Support for LGBTQ+ Parenting
Groups Issue Joint Statement on LGBT Parenting, 2015 Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Voice for Adoption (VFA), the Donaldson Adoption Institute, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) issue a joint statement opposing discriminatory practices that rule out LGBT prospective parents from being able to provide permanent, loving homes to waiting children.
Professional Organizations on LGBTQ+ Parenting, Human Rights Campaign Professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers, issue individual statements in agreement that a parent's sexual orientation and/or gender identity does not impact the parent’s ability to raise a child.
Promising Practices Guide, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2012 This guide gives agencies the tools and resources necessary to take these actions to achieve cultural competency in working with LGBTQ+ families, both adoptive and foster. The guide aims to make changes in order to improve the actual experience of LGBTQ+ prospective families and waiting children and youth.
Engaging LGBT Families - Talking with Experts, AdoptUSKids, 2010 In this 3-part series, three experts share the best tools and practices for child welfare agencies to recruit and retain prospective LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
All Children - All Families SOGIE Data Collection, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2017 All Children—All Families developed this guide in response to the growing number of questions on the effective, safe and competent collection of SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression) data that we receive from our participating agencies. It is intended for agencies that understand the importance of SOGIE and have done considerable work to create a safe and affirming environment for clients with diverse SOGIE—including implementing policies to protect LGBTQ+ clients from discrimination and conducting regular staff training on LGBTQ+ cultural competency.
LGBTQ Incident & Inquiry Reporting, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, 2016 This resource offers guidelines to agencies on how to report discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE); including examples of incidents/inquiries that can be seen as non-compliant with nondiscrimination requirements and a sample incident/inquiry reporting form. See here for most current resources.
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children in California Foster Care This brief uses a question-and-answer format to provide child welfare professionals information to guide services to transgender and gender nonconforming children in foster care including terms and concepts, legal and professional standards for service/treatment, and information on gender identity development.
Working with Homeless LGBTQ Youth, Lambda Legal, 2002 By providing information on homeless shelters, risks that homeless LGBTQ+ youth face, the special needs of homeless transgender youth and more, this article offers child welfare professionals best tips to work with LGBTQ+ homeless youth.
Schools in Transition, Human Rights Campaign, 2015 This guide offers fundamental information about gender, guidelines for meeting the needs of transgender or gender-expansive students, talking points for common questions and concerns, and other practical resources.
Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools. On the program’s web page, you can find resources and professional development to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and support transgender and gender-expansive students.
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) GLSEN works to improve our nation’s K-12 schools for LGBTQ+ youth and their website includes lesson plans, programs to help teachers and students take action, research on LGBTQ+ issues in education, and much more.
GSA Network This LGBTQ+ racial and gender justice organization’s website includes resources to help youth and their advisors start their own Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), leadership and activist training for youth, and research about the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in schools.
California Senate Bill 731, 2015 This landmark legislation establishes critical protections for transgender youth in California’s foster care system; requiring that all youth in out-of-home care, including those who identify as transgender, be placed according to their gender identity, regardless of the gender listed on their official documents.
All Children - All Families, Human Rights Campaign Foundation The All Children - All Families project promotes LGBTQ+ cultural competency among child welfare agencies through innovative resources that include online agency self-assessment tool, comprehensive staff training, free technical assistance and more.
Parent Testimonials, RaiseAChild Families are diverse, and what makes a family is love. Hear from parents, including Cleo and Camille, about their journeys to bring young people in their lives from RaiseAChild.
Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University This project offers extensive research on the impact of family acceptance for LGBTQ+ youth and how it can minimize the risk for suicide, homelessness, and HIV infection. On their website you can also find information on their family intervention model and family-oriented services to help families support their LGBTQ+ children.
Resources by and for Youth with LGBTQ+ Parents
COLAGE COLAGE is the only national organization dedicated to supporting people with one or more LGBTQ+ caregivers.