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Brief

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
Brief

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

2017

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.
(36pp)

Brief

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

May 2016

This policy paper offers an overview of the current landscape for LGBTQ youth involved in public systems. It provides important statistics and firsthand accounts. 
(7pp)

Report

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

May 2016

This policy paper highlights opportunities for states and counties to use innovative strategies to promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth and their families—providing examples of efforts already underway.
(17 pp)

Brief

Mental and Emotional Health of LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare

This brief reviews the struggle and risks confronted by LGBTQ youth in child welfare and lists some ways professionals can help ensure their mental health and wellness.
(1 p)

Tags: LGBTQ+, getREAL
Report

Guidelines for Managing Information Related to Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression of Children in Child Welfare Systems

January 2013

This report proposes standards governing the management of information related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. It gathers expert opinions intended to guide the formulation of professional guidelines.
(26 pp)

Report

Fight for Our Girls: Applying an Intersectional Lens to Girls of Color Facing Status Offenses

August 2017

This report examines historical biases existing within our child-serving systems. It explores how intersections of race and gender continue to define outcomes for girls of color and recommends policy and practice changes.
(16 pp)

Brief

Criando Jóvenes LGBT Y Que No Siguen Los Estereotipos De Género Saludables Y Felices

2017

Needs translation.

(12 pp)

Criando Jovenes Lgbt Y Gnc Saludables Y Felices

Tags: LGBTQ+, Youth, getREAL