The getREAL project focuses specifically on child welfare systems, but also touches the homeless and juvenile justice systems. We work closely on developing and identifying policies and practices that support LGBTQ+ and gender expansive youth involved in child welfare systems. Our work is grounded in an anti-racist intersectional frame and we intentionally focus on supporting the whole youth in the entirety of their identity.
We work to:
Support state efforts—to collect data, build capacity to support the healthy sexual and identity development of all youth, and scale efforts for a broader reach.
Build and support a national peer learning network of organizations concerned about the well-being of LGBTQ+ and gender expansive youth in the child welfare system for information-sharing and advocacy efforts.
Develop and share knowledge about tools, strategies, practice, and policies that are promising or have been shown to be effective when working to support the healthy sexual and identity development of children and youth.
Develop policies that are anti-racist and intersectional and that support and affirm LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families involved in public systems