CSSP Resources for Supporting, Affirming, and Including LGBTQ+ Young People

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A Policy Agenda for a Nation that CARES for Young Adults 

We believe that we owe young adults meaningful opportunities, including fulfilling jobs that pay a living wage, have predictable hours, and provide workplace protections; housing that is safe, healthy, and stable; health care that is affordable and affirming, and includes supports for managing stress, anxiety, and other mental health needs; and for those who are parenting, affordable and responsive child care. This policy agenda, a product of a collaboration between CARES Ambassadors and CSSP, reimagines how policy supports young people.


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

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.

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Welcoming, Affirming, Supporting: Child Welfare Systems Must Honor the WHOLE Child

This report summarizes the lessons learned and resources from six years of work with the getREAL initiative. Understanding and acting on these lessons can help changemakers to create a welcoming and affirming child welfare system to support these youth and their families. We detail critical components to supporting system change and provide an extensive list of resources from the getREAL initiative and our partners in the field.

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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.