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2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 1 Angela Weeks The purpose of the manual is to assist others in the field in replicat- ing or adapting a key component of the RISE Project, ORB, for their local use. Replicating or adapting ESIs with fidelity to the interventions builds evidence in child welfare and expands the range of intervention effectiveness to different target populations and or- ganizational contexts. These efforts to build evidence serve several purposes, including preparing an intervention for evaluation, either during implementation or later, depending on the organizational context in which an intervention is implemented, and building a base of replicable interventions that can serve the complex needs of diverse communities of children and families. This manual does not provide details about or findings from the evaluation. The evaluation report is being published separately. The intended audience for this program manual includes potential implementers of the intervention, including child welfare administrators and staff, evaluators, and purveyors.   2016
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 2 Training Guide User’s Manual: The purpose of these training manuals are to help trainers train the RISE LGBTQ+ competency trainings to child welfare system public and private agency providers.  
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 3 Social Work Practice for LGBTQ and Gender-Variant Youth Training Manual: Skills for reducing barriers to permanency for LGBTQ and gender-variant youth in foster care. The Outreach and Relationship Building (ORB) Team is the RISE project intervention focused on building practitioner competency to reduce barriers in caregiving settings by decreasing heterosexism, anti-gay and anti-transgender bias. The ORB curriculum consists of two trainings (LGBTQ Foundation and Social Work Practice, respectively). The LGBTQ Foundation training provides basic knowledge about terminology and concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; the coming out process; the impact of accepting and rejecting behaviors; the positive power of affirming environments; and the legal and professional standards guiding work with LGBTQ youth. The Social Work Practice training consists of five units and provides practitioners with opportunities to combine the knowledge acquired in the LGBTQ Foundation training with common practice skills, such as active listening, motivational interviewing, assessing environments, and responding to specific instances of biases. Participants must attend the LGBTQ Foundation training prior to attending the Social Work Practice training. Each training is 3-3.5 hours in length.  
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 4 The Supportive Families, Safe Homes training consists of four units that provide foster parents basic information about the permanency needs, health, and well-being of LGBTQ and gender-variant children and youth. More specifically, the training seeks to increase caregiver knowledge related to (1) attitudes, beliefs, and information regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; (2) the coming-out process and its significance; and (3) family acceptance and rejection and the impact on health outcomes for LGBTQ children and youth. The training is 90 minutes in length and includes the following learning objectives and intended outcomes:  
2016 RISE Project: The Care Coordination Team (CCT) Program Manual Wilson et al This program manual provides detailed information about the implementation process of the LA LGBT Center’s Permanency Innovation Initiative—Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower (RISE). RISE aims to improve permanency for LGBTQ+ children and youth in the foster care system by reducing heterosexism and anti-gay and anti-transgender bias and increasing support for their LGBTQ+ identity. The purpose of the manual is to assist others in the field in replicating or adapting a key component of the RISE Project, the CCT, for their local use. Replicating or adapting ESIs with fidelity to the interventions builds evidence in child welfare and expands the range of intervention effectiveness to different target populations and or­ ganizational contexts. These efforts to build evidence serve several purposes, including preparing an inter­vention for evaluation (either during implementation or later, depending on the organizational context in which an intervention is implemented) and building a base of replicable interventions that can serve the complex needs of diverse communities of children and families. The intended audiences for this program manual are potential implementers of the intervention, including child welfare administrators and staff, evaluators, and purveyors.   2016
A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth This guide offers group care facilities information and tools to provide transgender and gender non-conforming youth with appropriate and informed care. It describes laws requiring facilities to protect these youth from harassment and abuse and to provide them with appropriate medical care. This publication assists staff in understanding the experiences and concerns of transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and responding to these youths’ safety, programmatic, and health care needs.   2011
A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children This guide offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices to engage and help families and caregivers support their LGBT youth.   2014
A guide to juvenile detention reform: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Shannan Wilber This practice guide is a response to that demand and: • provides an overview of key concepts and terminology related to SOGIE; • summarizes the research on the effect of stigma and bias on the health and well-being of LGBT youth, the drivers contributing to their disproportionate involvement in the justice system and the harmful and unfair practices to which they are subjected in the system; • identifies policies and procedures to prohibit discrimination, prevent harm and promote fair and equitable treatment of LGBT youth who are arrested and referred to juvenile justice agencies; and • provides guidance on policies and practices required to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in detention facilities.   2015
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Designed as guide, this tool reviews effective communication and patient-centeredness in providing safe and high-quality health care to diverse patient populations.  
Affirming and Supporting LGBTQ Children and Youth in Child Welfare Brief factsheet on affirming approaches to support LGBTQ youth in child welfare  
All Children - All Families: Training Program As part of the broader All Children-All Families initiative, the curriculum is intended to provide expert LGBTQ competency support that can be customized based on the needs of the organization. The curriculum includes 1) An Introduction to LGBTQ Competency for Child Welfare Professionals, 2) Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Families, and 3) Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care. The training is supported through a fee-for-service with an average cost approximately $1,500 per trainer per day.  
An Intersectional Approach to Therapy with Transgender Adolescents and Their Families Rachel Lynn Golden & Matthew Oransky The current article aims to raise awareness of a need for an intersectional approach with gender-affirming family therapy techniques. We detail ways intersectionality can inform therapy practice and provide case examples from our work with a diverse group of transgender adolescents and their families.   January 2019
Association of Nondiscrimination Policies With Mental Health Among Gender Minority Individuals Alex McDowell, RN, MSN, MPH; Julia Raifman, ScD; Ana M. Progovac, PhD; Sherri Rose, PhD We examined the association between health insurance nondiscrimination policies and mental health outcomes for gender minority individuals. Using a large, private health insurance claims database, we constructed a sample of enrollees with gender minority–related diagnosis codes in 2009- 2017. We used a difference-in-differences design to evaluate changes in suicidality and inpatient mental health hospitalizations among gender minority enrollees in states with and without nondiscrimination policies. The present study was conducted from August 1, 2018, to September 1, 2019. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Implementation of a state-level nondiscrimination policy appears to be associated with decreased or no changes in suicidality among gender minority individuals living in states that implemented these policies from 2013 to 2016. Given high rates of suicidality among gender minority individuals in the US, health insurance nondiscrimination policies may offer a mechanism for reducing barriers to care and mitigating discrimination.   September 2020
Away From Home Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care Sarah Fathallah & Sarah Sullivan Think Of Us led a team of seven researchers who conducted a study to understand the perspectives, attitudes, and experiences of young people with recent histories in institutional placements, and to understand their beliefs around reforming or ending institutional placements. The goal of this report is to share the stories and insights of youth with lived experience that surfaced during the study.  
Be True Be you LGBTQ Booklet Written to youth and young adults to provide an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, coming out, LGBTQ+ and mental health, self-care, mental health services, and rights.  
Being Two Spirit: A Brief Explainer They’ve gone by a lot of names. They’ve endured colonialism and hatred. But they are still here and they are amazing. Here is a brief history of queer Native culture.   2017
Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students This toolkit is designed to assist transgender, gender non-conforming, questioning, and ally students to make school a safer place. Resources include how to advocate for change as well as an extensive list of resources to help you connect with the transgender community and find support.  
Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories - Resource CD To ensure the most effective use of Breaking the Silence, each DVD comes packaged with a CD containing over 25 training tools and resources. These materials not only provide additional background and information for trainers who screen the DVD, but are meant to be distributed to those who are watching the DVD to supplement their knowledge and give them tools to put into action. Some resources will also assist administrators or managers in transforming their agencies into ones that have an organizational culture that is inclusive of LGBT youth.  
COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS): Preliminary Analysis Results as of June 9, 2021 Selk, Sabrina Purpose and Approach of the Covid-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Preliminary Findings- Population Spotlight: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Transgender Identify Goals: 1) Identify the most pressing immediate and long-term health needs created by the pandemic, including its social and economic consequences 2) Determine which populations have been most disproportionately impacted LGBTQ+ adults and youth have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, particularly POC and persons of trans experience The need to prioritize inclusion of LGBTQ+ residents in all areas – families, schools, state entities, healthcare, social services, and data systems –   June 2021
CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care This easy-to-use resource contains the first-ever set of comprehensive professional guidelines for how child welfare and juvenile justice professionals can best serve LGBT youth in state care. The Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care developed out of recommendations from the Model Standards Project, a collaboration between Legal Services for Children and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.   2006
Caring for LGBTQ Children & Youth: A Guide for Child Welfare Providers This booklet was developed to provide information about the care and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children and youth. Unfortunately, we know LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system and often face discrimination and mistreatment in out-of-home care. This guide includes information on terminology and several basic, but key, tips on how to best support and care for LGBTQ children and youth.  
Child Welfare Journal Vol. 96, No. 1 Special Issue: LGBTQ Article included in this publication: - Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative: Experiences and Outcomes of Youth who are LGBTQ - Creating Safer Spaces for Youth who are LGBTQ in Broward County, Florida: Collecting SOGIE Data for Life-Coaching Services - Strengthening Family Connections and Support for Youth in Foster Care who Identify as LGBTQ: Findings from the PII-RISE Evaluation - Gender Diversity and Child Welfare Research: Empirical Report and Implications of the Los Angeles County Foster Youth Study - ‘Because We’re Fighting to Be Ourselves’: Voices from Former Foster Youth who are Transgender and Gender Expansive - Queering the Question: Using Survey Marginalia to Capture Gender Fluidity in Housing and Child Welfare  
Child Welfare Journal Vol. 96, No. 2 Special Issue: LGBTQ Articles presented in this publication: - Reversing Erasure of Youth and Young Adults Who are LGBTQ and Access Homelessness Services: Asking about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Pronouns - Child Welfare Systems and LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: Gender Segregation, Instability, and Intersectionality - Out of the System and onto the Streets: LGBTQ Identified Youth Experiencing Homelessness with Past Child Welfare System Involvement - Developing Relationship-Building Tools for Foster Families Caring for Teens who are LGBTQ2S - Yes We Can Allegheny: Implementing SOGIE Inclusive System Improvements in Child Welfare - Strengthening the Workforce to Support Youth in Foster Care who Identify as LGBTQ+ through Increasing LGBTQ+ Competency: Trainers’ Experience with Bias  
Critical Issues and LGBT-Two Spirit Populations: Highlights from the HONOR Project Study A health survey of Two-Spirit Native Americans designed to (a) test a theoretically driven stress and coping model among 447 twospirit American Indians via a structured survey; (b) design and test the feasibility of various peer-driven sampling recruitment methodologies to produce a national representative sample; and (c) conduct a qualitative study with 65 leaders to identify major strengths and coping strategies in this population.   2010
Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare Alexandra Citrin and Megan Martin The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)1 marks a substantial movement toward child welfare reform by beginning to bring child welfare financing into alignment with what research tells us is best for children and families. Children and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ+)2 experience both disproportionate involvement with child welfare, and once involved, disparate outcomes including placement instability and longer stays in foster care. Through FFPSA there is a significant opportunity for child welfare systems to address existing disproportionalities and disparities for LGBTQ+ children, youth and families. Successful implementation of these strategies will in turn support state efforts in achieving an equitable child welfare system with better outcomes and improved well-being for all children, youth and families.   August 2019


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