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SOGIE Data Collection in Public Systems of Care a Practice Guide For Santa Clara County SHANNAN WILBER, ESQ AISHA CANFIELD, MPP This guide will provide an overview of SOGIE data collection in pubic youth-serving systems in California and nationally, discuss the lessons learned from these efforts, and conclude with recommendations for public agencies in Santa Clara County that are contemplating or implementing SOGIE data collection.   June 2019
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.  
Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students: Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment All students need a safe and supportive school environment to progress academically and developmentally. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students each play an important part in creating and sustaining that environment. This guidance is intended to help school and district administrators take steps to create a culture in which transgender and gender nonconforming students feel safe, supported, and fully included, and to meet each school’s obligation to provide equal educational opportunities for all students, in compliance with G.L. c. 76, §5 and the state regulations. The guidance sets out general principles based on the law, and addresses common issues regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students. It offers case studies based on experiences of schools and students in Massachusetts, and reflects the need to consider issues on a case-by-case basis. The list of issues is not exhaustive, and the examples are intended to be illustrative, not prescriptive.   2012
Schools In Transition A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools Asaf Orr, Esq.,Joel Baum, M.S.,Jay Brown,Elizabeth Gill, Esq. The guide is geared toward the needs of all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, and incorporates distinctions and recommendations based on the specific ages and stages of students’ development Statements, recommendations and resources are based on data, research and best practices that have been tested in the field, as well as narratives of real experiences from students, parents, caregivers and educators.  
Sexual & Gender Minority Health Disparities Research Framework (Adapted from the NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework) The Sexual & Gender Minority Health Disparities Framework, an adaptation of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework, seeks to highlight the numerous unique influences, factors, behaviors, and issues that impact the health and well-being of SGM populations across the lifespan. An ecological model was utilized for this framework to provide a more holistic perspective of the factors that can affect SGM-specific health disparities; influences can transcend multiple levels. It is important to note that the examples of factors provided within each domain is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather, illustrative. Arrangement and order of factors within each domain is random and does not signify prioirtization or ranking by importance. Further, it is vital that this framework be interpreted using an intersectional approach, which understands that interlocking and interdependent systems of oppression or support across different social categories and identities, including racial and ethnic identity, ability, age, socioeconomic status, may result in unique health inequities.   October 2021
Sexual Minority Status and Age of Onset of Adolescent Suicide Ideation and Behavior Jeremy W. Luk, Risë B. Goldstein, Jing Yu, Denise L. Haynie and Stephen E. Gilman OBJECTIVE: To determine if sexual minority adolescents have earlier onset of suicidality and faster progressions from ideation to plan and attempt than heterosexual adolescents. CONCLUSIONS: Sexual minority adolescents had earlier onset of suicidality and faster progression from suicide ideation to plan than heterosexual adolescents. The assessment of sexual minority status in routine pediatric care has the potential to inform suicide risk screening, management, and intervention efforts among early sexual minority adolescents.   April 2021
Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles Foster Care The Findings of the Los Angeles Foster Youth Survey (LAFYS), which represents a first step towards population-based data collection on LGBTQ foster youth. This data provides opportunities for policy makers and practitioners to make evidence-based decisions to allocate resources to address the challenges of LGBTQ youth.  
Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Care: A Policy and Practice Framework for Child Welfare Nilofer Ahsan For the past several years, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has been working to bring attention to the unmet needs of youth in foster care who are expecting a child and/or parenting. This document is the cornerstone of a three-part compendium of sexual and reproductive health guidance and resources for child welfare jurisdictions. This document is intended primarily for child welfare leadership and policy makers. The document briefly explores the urgent need for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for youth in out-of-home care and lays down nine fundamental principles for action. It provides extensive guidance for jurisdictions as they consider the policies and practices they should have into place to better serve adolescents in or leaving foster care.   March 2018
Sharing Our Lived Experiences: 22 Tips for Caring for Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System This resource is dedicated to Two-Spirit and American Indian/Alaska Native LGBTQ children and youth whose lives are impacted by the child welfare system, and to the child welfare professionals, foster and adoptive parents, caregivers, and community members who strive to support them. The tips contained are meant to support child welfare workers, foster and adoptive parents, and caregivers in working with and caring for Two-Spirit and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) American Indian/Alaska Native children and youth involved with the child welfare system. These tips may also be helpful to tribal community members that wish to be allies to their young relatives.  
Sharing Our Lived Experiences: Eight Tips for Understanding the Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Journey for Native Youth in the Child Welfare System This fact sheet is intended to assist and support Native youth who may be Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQ (lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender/ questioning). Native youth in child welfare placements can experience many challenges, including feelings of abandonment, guilt, shame, disconnection from extended family, and many feelings related to unresolved grief and loss due to multi-generational historical traumas. The goal of this document is to strengthen families in achieving wellness and stability by assisting youth in feeling connected to resources and communities. It is also meant to support healthy identity, healthy development, reduce the risks of suicide and substance abuse, and strengthen ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) compliance.  
Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People E. Coleman This protocol outlines the treatment for transgender, and gender nonconforming people who wish to undergo hormonal or surgical transition.   August 2012
Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth This is a free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. Topics covered include suicidal behavior among LGBT youth, risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior, strategies to reduce the risk, and ways to increase school or agency cultural competence. The kit contains everything needed to host a workshop: a Leader’s Guide, sample agenda, PowerPoint presentations (in PDF), a sample script, and handouts.   2011
Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents This guide is designed to improve foster parents’ skills in supporting LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system. The guide emphasizes the unique role that foster parents can play in reducing risks and stigma while improving youths’ health and well-being in the community.  
Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Care: A Guide for Caseworkers Nilofer Ahsan This document is one of three in a compendium of sexual and reproductive health guidance and resources for child welfare jurisdictions from a national work group convened by the CSSP. The goal of this document is to provide information and resources to workers to help them effectively support youth (ages 10 to 21) on sexual and reproductive health issues. The other two documents in this series include a policy and practice framework for child welfare leaders and policy makers and practical guidance meant specifically for use by the youth themselves. Both this document and the one designed for youth are aligned with the recommendations on current best practices around sexual and reproductive health policy and practice contained in the policy framework. Includes LGBTQ+ considerations and resources.   2018
Surveying LGBTQ Youth In Foster Care: Lessons From Los Angeles The objective of this report is to provide a methodology resource for those interested in learning more about LGBTQ youth in foster care in order to better meet their needs. This report will be useful to researchers interested in conducting traditional research as well as foster care systems who are adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression measures to their current internal research and evaluation efforts or administrative records. We describe and assess the methodology used in a Los Angeles County study which surveyed youth in foster care about their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, other demographic characteristics, and experiences in foster care. We provide our survey instrument and recommended questions, summarize and assess our methodology in designing and conducting the survey, and review lessons that we drew from our experience. We hope this report will encourage further research on youth in foster care in general and LGBTQ youth in particular.  


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