All Children - All Families: Staff Training

The All Children - All Families Staff Training benchmark has two components. The specific requirements for each component depend on which Tier of Recognition an agency is striving to achieve.

  1. Staff participation in All Children - All Families Webinar Series.
  2. Completion of an Ongoing Training Plan detailing the ways in which LGBTQ topics are integrated into agency’s ongoing staff training efforts.

Staff Training Requirements by Tier

Note: Each of the requirements below apply to agencies achieving the specific tier for the first time. Requirements will differ for agencies returning in subsequent years and are indicated in italics for each tier.

Building Foundation for Inclusion

  1. Webinar Participation
    1. Executive Briefing: At least one agency executive attend an executive briefing webinar during the annual cycle.
    2. Core Curriculum: Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Competency: All staff participate in this introductory offering in ACAF’s core curriculum during the annual cycle.
  2. Ongoing Training Plan: An ongoing training plan is not required for this tier.

For agencies returning in subsequent years the same requirements will apply. For example, if an agency achieves the “Building Foundation for Inclusion” requirements during one annual cycle, it will need to fulfill the same requirements again in the next annual cycle.

Solid Foundation for Inclusion

  1. Webinar Participation
    1. Executive Briefing: At least one agency executive attend an executive briefing webinar during the annual cycle
    2. Core Curriculum: All staff must complete the core curriculum webinars that apply to their specific role during the annual cycle.
      1. Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Competency: All staff members (program staff and those not in direct service)
      2. Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Parents: All program staff who work directly with resource parents (foster/adoptive parents), kinship caregivers and other adult caregivers.
      3. Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Youth: All program staff who work directly with youth.
  2. Ongoing Training Plan: Ongoing training plan is submitted that provides details on the following training areas. Note: There is no minimum training length requirement. Online training (webinars) are acceptable for each area.
    1. New Hire Training: LGBTQ topics are integrated into agency new hire training.
    2. Non-Program Staff Training: LGBTQ topics are integrated into annual training for non-program staff (those not in direct service roles).
    3. Program Staff: Role-specific LGBTQ topics are integrated into annual training for program staff (those in direct service roles).

For agencies returning in subsequent years the webinar requirements are different. For example, if an agency achieves the “Solid Foundation for Inclusion” requirements outlined above during an annual cycle, then in the next annual cycle, the agency will need to have all program staff attend at least one All Children - All Families webinar. It is highly recommended that at least one executive attend an Executive Briefing annually as well.

Innovative Inclusion

  1. Executive Briefing: At least one agency executive attend an executive briefing webinar during the annual cycle.
  2. Core Curriculum: All staff must complete the core curriculum webinars that apply to their specific role during the annual cycle.
    1. Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Competency: All staff members (program staff and those not in direct service)
    2. Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Parents: All program staff who work directly with resource parents (foster/adoptive parents), kinship caregivers and other adult caregivers.
    3. Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Youth: All program staff who work directly with youth.
  3. Ongoing training plan: Ongoing training plan is submitted that provides details on the following training areas. Note: Length and in-person vs. online training requirements are included for this tier.
    1. New Hire Training: LGBTQ topics are integrated into agency new hire training. Approximately three hours of training content at minimum, up to 90 minutes of this content can be provided online.
    2. Non-Program Staff Training: LGBTQ topics are integrated into annual training for non-program staff (those not in direct service roles). Approximately 60 minutes of content, all of this training can be provided online.
    3. Program Staff: Role-specific LGBTQ topics are integrated into annual training for program staff (those in direct service roles). Approximately five hours worth of training content at minimum, up to 120 minutes of this content can be provided online.

For agencies returning in subsequent years the webinar requirements are different. For example, if an agency achieves the “Innovative Inclusion” requirements outlined above during an annual cycle, then in the next annual cycle, the agency will need to have all program staff attend at least one All Children - All Families webinar. It is highly recommended that at least one executive attend an Executive Briefing annually as well.

Staff Training Resources

All Children – All Families Training Program