Post submitted by: Jean-Phillipe Regis, Senior Manager, All Children - All Families
This Transgender Awareness Week, HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families is hosting two free webinars to help social service professionals improve their practice with transgender and gender-expansive youth and adults.
On November 14 at 2 p.m. ET, guest presenter Nia Clark, child welfare consultant and All Children – All Families trainer, will provide in-depth information on how to welcome, affirm and best serve transgender and gender-expansive youth in out-of-home care. Topics will include the diversity of identities and experiences among trans and gender-expansive young people, tips for ensuring an affirming presence in their lives and resources for advocacy.
On November 15 at 1 p.m. EST, join HRC for an introduction to our resource guide for child welfare professionals on how to best welcome, affirm, recruit and serve transgender and gender-expansive foster and adoptive parents. This webinar will cover case studies highlighting promising practices identified through interviews with agency administrators, legal and policy experts and gender-expansive foster and adoptive parents.
These webinars are vitally important because they help families like Nicole and Sam, who struggled to find an LGBTQ-inclusive foster agency that allowed them to provide a child with a loving home.
HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families Project works year round to transform policies and practices within social service agencies, with a particular focus on child welfare, in order to assure that LGBTQ children, youth and families get the services they need and deserve. Interested organizations can request access to LGBTQ-inclusion resources using this form.
In addition to being featured during Trans Awareness Week, these webinars are a part of All Children – All Families’ observation of National Adoption Month -- a time to raise awareness of the urgent need for more loving homes for children and youth in foster care and awaiting adoption.
If you are interested in these two webinars, HRC’s team also has 20 additional free webinars that focus on supporting and caring for LGBTQ young people in care.
To learn more about All Children – All Families’ work to promote LGBTQ inclusion in child welfare, check out hrc.org/acaf. Want to stay up-to-date on All Children - All Families resources and activities? Subscribe to “Field Forward,” the program’s monthly e-newsletter at hrc.im/field-forward.