All Children - All Families: Participation on Behalf of Agency Division

Participants in All Children – All Families may do so on behalf of an entire agency or a specific division within the agency. Under certain circumstances (see below), it may be best for an agency to participate on behalf of a specific agency division. Typically All Children – All Families staff will discuss this option with an agency at the beginning of the participation process, during the onboarding call. If needed, the decision to participate on behalf of a specific decision can also be indicated in the "feedback, notes or additional information for HRC" field at the bottom of the "General Agency Information" section of your assessment.

When to Participate On Behalf of an Agency Division

Some of the agency’s service areas are outside ACAF’s scope (mandatory)

All Children – All Families assists agencies in their efforts to achieve safety, permanency and well-being for youth in foster care by increasing agencies’ capacity to serve both LGBTQ foster/adoptive parents and LGBTQ youth in care. While many of ACAF’s benchmarks are applicable regardless of service area (for example client non-discrimination and employment non-discrimination) ACAF’s expertise as a program is specific to services for youth and families related to foster care/adoption/child welfare services.

For this reason, an agency with multiple divisions that provide a mix of child welfare services and services outside of that realm, will be approved to participate on behalf of the child welfare division(s). For example, “Lighthouse Youth Services (Foster Care & Adoption Services).”

In this case, technical assistance around ACAF’s benchmarks (review of key policies and practices), the related training needs assessment, as well as the subsequent Seal of Recognition/Leader status awarded to the agency will all be specific to that division.

The agency (usually public or a large private provider) chooses to focus efforts on one division (optional)

All Children – All Families takes a comprehensive approach to assessing an agency’s policies and practices related to serving LGBTQ youth and families. We strongly encourage agencies within ACAF’s scope to assess their full array of services. However, for some agencies (mostly larger public and private agencies), it may be preferable to participate on behalf of a specific division.

If an agency takes this approach, technical assistance around ACAF’s benchmarks (review of key policies and practices), the related training needs assessment, as well as the subsequent Seal of Recognition/Leader status awarded to the agency will all be specific to that division.

What It Means to Be Listed as a Specific Agency Division

  • The agency’s name on the database of participants will make it clear that only the specific division is participating in All Children – All Families (e.g., Colorado Office of Children, Youth & Families - Division of Child
    Welfare)
  • All use of the Seal of Recognition and references to your agency’s Leader status must be specific to the division and ACAF’s primary focus: adoption/foster care/child welfare services