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All Children - All Families: Training Curriculum

The All Children – All Families initiative has developed a three-part training program that can be customized for the needs of individual agencies.

Interested in All Children - All Families training opportunities? Email acaf@hrc.org to learn more!

Day 1: Basic LGBTQ Competency for Foster Care & Adoption Agencies

This critical first session in the All Children – All Families training series is designed to introduce child welfare professionals to accurate and up-to-date information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.  Participants will achieve basic competency with the community, including an understanding of terminology and experiences relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.  This session also will help participants develop a specialized understanding of LGBT-headed families, including LGBT family demographics, the legal landscape surrounding these families, and what makes them similar to and unique from non-LGBT families.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be familiar with the basic values, objectives, tools and resources associated with the All Children – All Families initiative.
  • Participants will be comfortable with appropriate terminology relating to the LGBTQ community, and will understand the concepts of coming out, heterocentrism/homophobia, and gender identity/expression.
  • Participants will acknowledge their own beliefs, values and assumptions in relation to LGBTQ people, and will develop strategies to minimize or eliminate personal bias in their work with this population.
  • Participants will have accurate information about LGBTQ people and be able to distinguish common myths and stereotypes from facts.
  • Participants will be knowledgeable about laws relating to LGBT adoption and foster placements in relevant jurisdictions.
  • Participants will develop a greater understanding of the strengths and challenges of LGBT parents and will understand the value of LGBT families in serving children and youth in the foster care system.
  • Participants will be knowledgeable about how to interact with LGBT individuals in an affirming, welcoming manner.

Day 2: Creating Environments, Recruitment Strategies, Home Assessment Practices, and Child Placements that are Welcoming to LGBT Families

Day 2 in the All Children – All Families training series covers the essential steps all agencies need to take in order to create welcoming environments for LGBT prospective parents. In this module, trainers will offer concrete suggestions on creating LGBT-friendly agency communications, while giving extra attention to helping agencies develop parent recruitment strategies for this specialized population.  In this session trainers also will provide specific, practical suggestions for how to conduct non-biased, LGBT-competent home assessments and how professionals can confidently engage in discussions with children about being placed in LGBT-headed families. This session will conclude with helping agencies navigate challenges and pitfalls in the process of matching LGBT parents with children awaiting families.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be familiar with the basic values, objectives, tools and resources associated with the All Children – All Families initiative.
  • Participants will know concrete steps they can take to create affirming environments for LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
  • Participants will feel prepared to adapt their parent recruitment practices to be more inclusive of LGBT families.
  • Participants will understand the value of actively engaging their local community as partners in finding and supporting an expanded pool of qualified, loving foster and adoptive homes for children who need them.
  • Participants will develop comfort and competency in assessing LGBT prospective parents utilizing criteria that are warranted, appropriate, and grounded in a solid understanding of the realities and experiences affecting LGBT families.
  • Participants will feel confident in their abilities to present LGBT parents to children in a strengths-based and age-appropriate manner, and to help children manage any questions and challenges that arise from being a part of an LGBT family.
  • Participants will develop strategies for eliminating bias against LGBT parents in the child matching process, and will identify ways to support LGBT families while they search and are selected for the right children to join their family.

Day 3: Ensuring the Safety, Permanency, and Well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Care of the Child Welfare System

Day 3 in the All Children – All Families training series is designed to advance the knowledge and expertise of child welfare and other child-serving professionals about the experiences and needs of LGBTQ youth.  Trainers will ground this learning in the basic principles of child welfare – Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being – and will emphasize practices that support these goals with respect to this particular population of young people.  Trainers will rely on first-hand quotes, videos and case studies to ensure that the true voices of LGBTQ youth are represented throughout this training session.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be familiar with the basic values, objectives, tools and resources associated with the All Children – All Families initiative.
  • Participants will explore the evolving terminology and concepts relevant to LGBTQ youth and identify ways to engage young people across the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Participants will learn smart and balanced approaches to understanding and responding to LGBTQ young people’s emotions and behaviors.
  • Participants will become acquainted with LGBTQ youth risk and protective factors.
  • Participants will become familiar with the legal rights of LGBTQ youth.
  • Participants will identify specific roles that adult caregivers can play that promote healthy LGBTQ youth development.