Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020

This report highlights 100 child welfare agencies across the country that partnered with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s All Children - All Families project to improve the services they provide to the LGBTQ community, including children in foster care and prospective foster and adoptive parents. These organizations serve more than 600,000 clients annually in 28 states, and employ more than 15,000 individuals.

The agencies featured in this report conducted an internal self-assessment, provided professional development to staff and implemented ACAF’s “Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion,” which track policy and practice changes within agencies. Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020 features three “Tiers of Recognition,” which celebrate the strides agencies have made toward becoming fully LGBTQ welcoming and affirming. 

  • Innovative Inclusion: 39 organizations met all 25 criteria and are going beyond to innovate their services for LGBTQ youth and families
  • Solid Foundation for Inclusion: 28 organizations met all 25 applicable policy and practice criteria for LGBTQ inclusion 
  • Building Foundation for Inclusion: 27 organizations met foundational criteria, including non-discrimination protections

The report also features profiles of child welfare organizations that are setting the bar for LGBTQ inclusion, as well as profiles of the LGBTQ parents they serve. 

Download the full report here or flip through the digital version below.