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Yes, There are Way More Than 3!: Estimating LGBTQ Youth in the Foster Care System

November 2014

In this webinar, Dr. Bianca D.M. Wilson discusses the state of sexual orientation and gender identity demographic research among adolescents. It explores what research has discerned about sexual and gender minority foster youth.

Tags: LGBTQ, getREAL

Recommended Practice and Reality for Trans & Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care

July 2017

In this webinar, presenters share findings from their report, “Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care.”


Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Children in California Foster Care

February 2016

The purpose of this brief is to support the efforts of California child welfare professionals to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of TGNC children in foster care.
(11 pp)


State Policies Concerning LGBTQ Youth

September 2014

This brief lists policies pertaining to LGBTQ youth for each state, including D.C. It covers public accommodations, social services, child welfare, foster care, juvenile detention, educational facilities, and social worker guidelines.
(135 pp)


Outcomes of Sexual Minority Youth in Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals

This brief utilizes data from the NSCAW-II to address a number of goals related to increasing our current knowledge concerning lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth involved in child welfare.
(8 pp)


Santa Clara and Fresno County: Final Report


This report describes the methodology used to answer the identified research questions, presents the findings, and provides preliminary recommendations to inform strategic planning in the counties for implementing the getREAL program.
(25 pp)


Religious Refusal Laws in Child Welfare: Harming Children and Stunting Progress

October 2017

This policy paper discusses how religious refusal laws will impact all children and youth in foster care and—among other complications—can result in even less homes for children.
(7 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ, getREAL

Raising Healthy and Happy LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming Children

This brief is a guide for parents on raising LGBTQ and GNC youth. It lists helpful behaviors, hurtful behaviors, and a glossary of terms.
(12 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ, getREAL
Policy Paper

Promoting Well-Being Through the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard: A Guide for States Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act


This policy paper provides recommendations for policy implementation of a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for all youth in care, as well as recommendations for LGBTQ and expectant and parenting youth.
(7 pp)

Policy Paper

Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration

May 2016

This policy paper highlights the disparities between LGBTQ foster youth and non-LGBTQ peers, as well as the compounding effects these factors have on intersecting elements like race, ethnicity, culture, and language.