At this level, agencies have implemented the essential elements of LGBTQ+ inclusion in policies and affirming practices. Benchmarks go beyond basic non-discrimination protections to the policies and practices necessary to actively “roll out the welcome mat” to the LGBTQ+ community. These agencies have also assessed their practices specific to youth and parents to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion and acted to make these efforts sustainable for the long-term. Organizations that achieve the Solid Tier receive the “You Are Welcome Here” Seal of Recognition.
Tier Benchmark Requirements
To achieve this level of recognition, the core policy and practice areas in categories 1-6 must be in place:
Staff Training: Webinar Participation Requirement & Basic Ongoing Training Plan
Rolling Out The Welcome Mat
Parent Best Practices*
Youth Best Practices*
Sustainability & Capacity Building
*Note to CASAs:
CASA affiliates participating in All Children - All Families will be assessed on CASA-specific benchmarks instead of “Parent Best Practices.” These CASA benchmarks are required for the Solid Tier. Click here
for more information.
*Note to Adoption Exchanges: Adoption Exchanges participating in All Children - All Families will be assessed on Adoption Exchange-specific benchmarks instead of “Parent Best Practices” and “Youth Best Practices.” These Adoption Exchange benchmarks are required for the Solid Tier. Click here for more information.
In addition to the recognition opportunities outlined above, Solid Foundation organizations also enjoy the following benefits:
Awarded “You Are Welcome Here” Seal of Recognition with HRC’s brand, certifying you as an LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming agency.
Included in All Children - All Families public listings (eg. webpages, outreach collateral, etc.).
Added to All Children - All Families map of LGBTQ+ inclusive agencies.
Celebrated on HRC’s blog with a post highlighting your agency’s Solid tier achievement (optional)
Press release template provided by HRC for agency’s communications (optional)