Post submitted by Jean-Phillipe (J.P.) Regis, Manager, Children, Youth & Families Program
Last month, HRC presented two child welfare agencies from Texas with the All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition at HRC Foundation’s third annual Time to Thrive conference. The ACAF Seal of Recognition is awarded to agencies that have exemplified a commitment to compassionate and competent care of LGBTQ youth and/or families in the child welfare system.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan’s Place into the community of child welfare organizations that are truly committed to creating more loving families by removing barriers to qualified LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents,” Ellen Kahn, director of HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families Program said at the presentation. “The child welfare professionals at Texas CASA are shining examples of how to put the best interests of the children first in the adoption and foster care process.”
Austin-based Texas CASA is a statewide organization made up of 72 local CASA programs that recruit and train volunteers to advocate for children in the child protection system. Texas CASA received the Seal of Recognition as a “Leader in Supporting and Serving Youth.”
“Texas CASA works tirelessly to ensure that the 72 local CASA programs across the state have the skills, knowledge and support needed to serve our most vulnerable citizens,” CEO Vicki Spriggs said. “This recognition directly reflects our continuing efforts to achieve a safe and positive future for all Texas children and youth.”
Jonathan’s Place, which is based in the Dallas-area, works to provide safe, loving homes and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
“We are honored to receive the HRC Foundation’s All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition for our work with LGBTQ families,” Allicia Frye, CEO of Jonathan’s Place, said. “Our foster and adoptive families make all the difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and have contributed to making our agency what it is today.”
HRC Foundation’s ACAF initiative provides a comprehensive framework, from client non-discrimination policies to staff training, that assists agencies in establishing policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBTQ youth and families.