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Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through FFPSA

August 2019

This brief outlines how child welfare systems can implement these eight strategies to address existing disproportionalities and disparities for LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families, promote optimal well-being, and recognize and affirm the multidimensional identities of youth and families including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and immigration status.


Progress Towards Building an Affirming and Supportive Child Welfare System: getREAL in Allegheny County

April 2019

This report details an Institutional Analysis conducted by CSSP in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA) and examines institutional changes that have occurred on the county's journey to better support LGBTQ+ children in care. The IA also captured some of the current experiences of LGBTQ+children, youth, and families who interact with the child welfare system since the implementation of getREAL.

(12 pp)



Supporting All Our Values: How Publicly Funded, Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers and Non-Discrimination Laws Can Promote Well-Being

February 2019

This report addresses the importance of promoting child well-being, the role of non-discrimination policies in achieving this, examples of partnerships between states and faith-based agencies, and recommendations for how states can ensure the best interest of children and families are met through these partnerships. Also included is a 50-state matrix of laws, regulations, and policies that protect youth in foster care from discrimination based on SOGIE.

(62 pp)


50 State Survey: Licensing Regulations in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Systems Serving Runaway and Homeless Youth


The following research presents a survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia on current state child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless systems’ licensing regulations as they relate to sex, gender identity, and gender expression.

(5 pp)

Policy Paper

Seizing the Opportunity: 10 Ways to Advance Equity Through FFPSA

December 2018

This brief outlines 10 opportunities for states to leverage FFPSA to both advance equity and promote better outcomes for children and families. While this list is not exhaustive and there are many other strategies for advancing equity, the 10 opportunities below represent concrete strategies states can pursue to achieve an equitable child welfare system.

(2 pp)


A Blueprint for Progress: Supporting LGBTQ Youth of Color in Child Welfare Systems


These policy recommendations serve as a blueprint for advocates, leaders, and service providers to better support LGBTQ youth of color in child welfare systems.
(23 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ+, getREAL

getREAL Webinar: Implicit Bias Research: Understanding the Dynamics of Unconscious Associations

January 2015

This webinar provides an introduction to the science of implicit bias. Viewers will learn about the formation of implicit associations as well as the key dynamics of this social psychological phenomenon.


Surviving the Streets of NYC: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex

March 2015

In this webinar, Meredith Danks shares findings from a study completed in New York City involving 283 LGBTQ youth engaged in survival sex. She also discusses the complexity of Commercial Sexual Exploitation.


getREAL Webinar: #BornPerfect

June 2015

In this webinar, Samantha Ames gives an overview of so-called “conversion therapy” and provide tools for attendees to become advocates to end these dangerous and discredited practices.


beFIERCE: Actively Engaging and Supporting LGBTQ Foster Youth

June 2015

This webinar provides participants with information about beFIERCE, a new publication that invites you to actively engage in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) foster youth.

Tags: LGBTQ+, getREAL