This guide is designed to improve foster parents’ skills in supporting LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system. The guide emphasizes the unique role that foster parents can play in reducing risks and stigma while improving youths’ health and well-being in the community.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
This resource reflects the minimum requirements that facilities should meet in order to appropriately address the sexual health care needs of youth in the state’s care. Youth should be provided with confidential, culturally competent care including physical and mental health screenings; universal offers of STI and HIV testing; written information, counseling, and treatment related to pregnancy, STI and HIV transmission and prevention, and sexual violence; and ongoing care and discharge planning related to sexual and reproductive health.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy (2012)
This toolkit provides sample legal language for adapting tribal resolutions and codes to recognize the rights of all tribal citizens, including Two Spirit and LGBTQ Natives. This is the third edition of the toolkit published with the support of a growing coalition of national organizations including the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Western States Center and the Center for American Progress.
This tip sheet discuss talking to and working with LGBT-headed families.
National Resource Center for the Permanency and Family Connections (2012)
This resource is a guide for making shelters safer for transgender people, including implement an effective nondiscrimination policy.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Institute & National Coalition for the Homeless (2003)
Tip sheet that focus on ways a supervisors can support staff working with LGBT clients and/or families.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (n.d)
This resource reviews polices and practice related to recruitment and retention which organizations should utilize to target and support LGBT-headed families.
Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Information Gateway (2011)
This resource offers a brief overview of the over-representation of LGBT youth in foster care, methods to preserve kinship relationships, and safe placement options.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2012)