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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform

This guide highlights a wide range of best practices that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.

Annie E. Casey Foundation; Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (Wilber, 2015)


Los Angeles LGBT Center: Recognize. Intervene. Support. Empower (RISE)

ISE offers comprehensive care coordination through a Care Coordination Team (CCT). The CCT partners with families of LGBTQ youth ages 5 and older and focuses on barriers to permanency. RISE also includes an outreach and relationship-building component to support public and private agencies in working with LGBTQ youth. This component includes a three-hour LGBTQ foundation training, a three-hour social work practice with LGBTQ training for foster parents and kinship care, and organizational coaching.

Wilson et al, 2016


Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities

Transgender children who have socially transitioned, and are supported to live openly are increasingly visible in society, yet we know nothing about their mental health. Previous work with children with gender identity disorder (GID; now termed gender dysphoria) has found remarkably high rates of anxiety and depression in these children. Here we examine mental health in a sample of socially transitioned transgender children. 


Model Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy for Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Agencies

This model anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy is for child welfare and juvenile justice agencies who wish to adopt a policy that would prohibit all forms of harassment, create a safe environment for all youth and service providers, and ensure that all youth have equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits provided by the agency.


National Center for Lesbian Rights (2006)


PII Approach: Building Implementation and Evaluation Capacity in Child Welfare

The PII approach integrates the tenets of implementation science and program evaluation into a coordinated framework to support and evaluate this initiative. This report describes this collaborative approach to implementation and evaluation that is currently underway.


Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Information Gateway (2014)


Practice Brief: Providing Services and Supports for Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S

This brief reviews developing culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet the needs and preferences of LGBTQI2-S youth.

National Center for Cultural Competence (Poirer et al., 2008)


Promising Practices in Adoption and Foster Care: A Comprehensive Guide 

The Promising Practices guide is the cornerstone of All Children-All Families as it outlines  key benchmarks of LGBT cultural competency and providers a framework for agency affirmation of LGBT prospective parents.

Human Rights Campaign (2012)


Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth

Designed as a full-day facilitation, the curriculum was developed to help foster, kinship, adoptive, and biological families enhance their skills in supporting LGBTQ youth. The curriculum includes nine modules that provide participants with information on the impact and scope of LGBTQ youth in the foster care system and help participants to assess their own values and beliefs.


National Center for Child Welfare Excellence


Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare System

The Reaching Higher curriculum includes nine modules designed to increase the skills of child welfare staff working with LGBTQ youth, regardless of where (e.g., kinship care, foster care or adoption) they are in the child welfare process.

National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (n.d)

Recommended LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families Cultural Competence Tools, Curricula, and Resources

This synthesis recommends publicly available resources that can support workforce development in child-, youth-, and family-serving systems (e.g., schools, healthcare, child welfare, homelessness, juvenile justice). Resources are intended to support more competent practice and affirming, inclusive services and supports for LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

American Institutes for Research


Recommended Practice Guidelines: To Promote the Safety and Well–Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings

The recommended practices offer guidance to state and local child welfare agencies to ensure safe, appropriate care in the best interests of LGBTQ children in the child welfare system.

Child Welfare League of America & Lambda Legal (2012)


Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care

This new report offers the first comprehensive analysis of the troubling lack of explicit laws and policies in most states to protect transgender, gender-expansive and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless youth systems (“out-of-home care systems”).


The report is co-authored by Lambda Legal, Children’s Rights and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Lambda Legal, Children’s Rights and the Center for the Study of Social Policy

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