- September 2, 2015
Post submitted by Ashley Jeffrey, HRC Foundation Coordinator
This past July, HRC Foundation was proud to present a “Seal of Recognition” to two adoption agencies in Georgia. The seal, which is part of HRC Foundation’s All Children-All Families, is for exemplary commitment to compassionate and competent care of LGBT youth and families in the child welfare system.
On July 11 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, hundreds gathered wearing all white to celebrate at the CHRIS Kids’ White Party. CHRIS Kids (CHRIS is an acronym for creativity, honor, respect, integrity and safety) is a non-profit that strives to better its community by providing high-quality behavioral health services to adults, families and children, including those that identify as LGBTQ.
According to CHRIS Kids’s website, the White Party is a fundraiser and an opportunity for the agency and community members to, “Reaffirm their commitment to help and serve LGBT and all youth of Atlanta who suffer from trauma and neglect.”
This year, Andrew Land, a member of HRC’s Board of Governors, was there to present the award. CHRIS Kids earned the distinction of a “Leader in Supporting and Serving LGBT Youth and Families” after completing all 10 benchmarks of LGBT competence according to the All Children – All Families program.
“CHRIS Kids is extremely strong on LGBT issues because of its great training on LGBT issues, both internally and in conjunction with other agencies,” Land said. “This training is deeply embedded in the culture of the organization and that is a real blessing.”
Two days later in Kennesaw, HRC Foundation Board Member Charles Frew presented Devereux Georgia with their own “Seal of Recognition” as a “Leader in Supporting and Serving LGBT Youth and Families.” Devereux Georgia was established in 1973 at the invitation of former Governor Jimmy Carter. Earlier this year, HRC Foundation announced that it would expand its partnership with Devereux, one of the oldest and largest providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, to better reach and care for vulnerable LGBTQ youth.
“Devereux is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the country,” the organization’s website explained. “We provide a continuum of care for children, adolescents and adults faced with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental health challenges.”
Devereux Georgia is the third Devereux agency to receive a “Seal of Recognition.”
More information on HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families programs can be found here.