Supporting LGBTQ and Gender Diverse Youth In Out-of-Home Care

Florida Quality Parenting Initiative
Friday, February 26, 2016

The Florida Quality Parenting Initiative and Florida's Center for Child Welfare are hosting a continuing education webinar of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem and staff.

Join them on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for Supporting LGBTQ and Gender Diverse Youth In Out-of-Home Care.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and gender diverse (LGBTQ+) youth are over-presented in child welfare systems compared to their non-LGBTQ and gender conforming peers. Many LGBTQ+ youth enter foster care in connection with rejection by their family of origin. Once in care, they face negative outcomes in terms of safety, permanency and well-being. Support and affirmation from out-of-home care providers such as kin, foster parents and congregate care staff are essential in order for LGBTQ+ youth to do well in care and to avoid negative outcomes such as self-harm, homelessness and exploitation.

Participants will learn about factors that drive LGBTQ+ youth into care at higher numbers and strategies to support and affirm all youth in their care regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session with the presenters.

The session will be conducted by Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Director M. Currey Cook, Esquire with Lambda Legal and Robert Latham, Esquire with the Children and Youth Law Clinic. Participants may receive two (2) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The webinar is free. You can download the event flyer and register online to participate.

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First Published February 21, 2016