All Children - All Families: LGBTQ Resources for Child Welfare

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For Professionals Serving LGBTQ Families

Professional Statements & Support for LGBTQ Parenting
Perspectives of LGBTQ Families
Best Practices

All Children - All Families offers best practice guidance and model policies in the following areas:

For LGBTQ Parents

  • Frequently Asked Questions from LGBT Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents, Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2011
    This article answers some of the most frequent questions asked by prospective LGBT foster and adoptive parents. Questions range from finding an LGBT-friendly agency to navigating the homestudy process.
  • Family Equality Council
    This organization offers a variety of resources and programs to connect and empower LGBTQ-identified parents ranging from information to find inclusive school and faith communities, LGBTQ family-friendly book lists, etc.
  • COLAGE
    This organization is dedicated to serving people with parents that are LGBTQ-identified; connecting them with networks and resources including tips for coming out to your kids, information for LGBTQ people with LGBTQ parents, and much more.

For Professionals Serving LGBTQ Youth

Research on Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Care
Best Practices

Assessing/Discussing SOGIE

Child Welfare/Foster Care & Adoption

Congregate Care/Group Homes

Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Understanding Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Ensuring Equitable Care

Healthcare

Homelessness

Juvenile Justice

Schools

  • Schools in Transition, Human Rights Campaign, 2015
    This guide offers fundamental information about gender, guidelines for meeting the needs of transgenders or gender-expansive students, talking points for common questions and concerns, and other practical resources.
  • Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
    Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools. On the program’s web page, you can find resources and professional development to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and support transgender and gender-expansive students.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    GLSEN works to improve our nation’s K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth and their website includes lesson plans, programs to help teachers and students take action, research on LGBTQ issues in education, and much more. 
  • GSA Network
    This LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization’s website includes resources to help youth and their advisors start their own Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), leadership and activist training for youth, and research about the experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools.

For LGBTQ Youth

For Foster & Adoptive Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Resource Compilations

Federal & State Policy

National Programs

Staff & Foster Parent Training Resources

Archived Webinars on LGBTQ Youth in Care