CWLA announces LGBT Youth Best Practice Guidelines
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) recently released “Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care.” Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth populations. Many homeless youth shelters and housing programs strive to offer culturally appropriate services to LBGT youth in care. The field of youth housing and child welfare out-of-home placements, however, have never benefited from a comprehensive outline of standards in approaching and serving this population.
The CWLA “Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care” is the first policy and practice guide to establish best practice recommendations for working effectively with LGBT youth in juvenile settings. Written by experts in the field, this publication includes step-by-step guidelines for providing appropriate care for LGBT adolescents, based on professional standards, the law, and current social science research. The guidelines encourage agencies to review their program components as a whole and incorporate appropriate support for LGBT youth and their families.