This course, derived from the All Children - All Families training series, will provide adoptive, foster and kinship families and professionals with a deeper understanding of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth today with an emphasis on the three pillars of child welfare: safety, permanency, and well-being. Research demonstrating the over-representation of LGBTQ youth in care as well as disparities they experience -- including higher rates of bias, harassment and violence, as well as a higher likelihood of being placed in congregate care settings -- will be explored. These experiences are brought to life in educational videos written and produced by LGBTQ youth. Participants will practice the skills necessary to provide LGBTQ youth with the care they need and deserve, including talking about topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (SOGIE).
***Please arrange child care as needed.