Recommended Practices to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Settings

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Best Practice | July 26, 2012

Files: Recommended Practices to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth (PDF | 1.07 MB | 20 pages)

Through these Recommended Practices, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)and co-authors seek to provide guidance to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families(ACYF), state and local child welfare agencies and their contract providers on how to fulfi ll their professional and legal obligations to ensure safe and proper care consistent with the best interest and special needs of each and every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) child in the child welfare system.3 On April 6, 2011, the ACYF Commissioner, Bryan Samuels, issued a memorandum encouraging protection and support of LGBTQ youth in foster care. These Recommended Practices elaborate on the provision of services to LGBTQ youth in the areas of foster care, child protection, family preservation, adoption and youth development. They aim to assist state child welfare agencies to meet the needs of this particularly vulnerable and underserved population by promoting safe, competent and supportive settings for LGBTQ youth.