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National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: Radical Syllabus The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network The Radical Syllabus for QTPOC Mental Health Practitioners was created by the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). This resource is offered to queer and trans mental health practitioners of color for their own practice and in support of healing for the greater QTPOC community. This is not an academic syllabus; rather, it is a living document that can be used as a tool for discovery, inquiry, development, healing, and liberation. The syllabus is intentionally curated to highlight multiple forms of media to provide a wide range of accessibility and includes peer-reviewed academic articles, fiction and non-fiction books, podcasts, movies, and documentaries.  
Neurodiversity and Gender-Diverse Youth: An Affirming Approach to Care 2020 National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center This publication provides insight from qualitative research and clinical experience into the unique experience of gender-diverse, neurodiverse youth.   August 2020
New Arkansas Law—and Similar Bills—Endanger Transgender Youth, Research Shows Sara Reardon Arkansas became the first state to ban physicians from giving hormones or puberty-delaying drugs to transgender people under age 18. Doctors who do so could be stripped of their licenses and sued. The law is called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.   April 2021
Our Space & beFIERCE Stephanie Perron Our Space is a LGBTQ youth community center operated in Hayward, Calif., that serves LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14 to 24. Our Space supported the development of beFIERCE, a tool kit for providers working with LGBTQ foster care youth. beFIERCE walks providers through the needs of LGBTQ youth and how their organizations can better support the population.   2015
Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration Martin, M., Down, L., & Erney, R. This resource reviews the disproportionate representation of LGBT young people of color who are engaged in the child welfare system. This resource reviews outcomes and protective factors.   2016
Parenting a Transgender or Gender-Expansive Child: How to Protect Your Family Against False Allegations of Child Abuse Parents raising transgender and gender-expansive children must take additional steps that they could not have anticipated when their child was first born. These parents must also prepare their child and family to cope with the possibility of negative reactions, based on fear or misinformation, to their child’s gender and the family’s decision to love and affirm their child for who they are.  
Practice Brief: Providing Services and Supports for Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S This brief reviews developing culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet the needs and preferences of LGBTQI2-S youth.   2008
Principles of Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education Gender Spectrum Educators who teach elementary-age students about puberty now have a resource to help make their lessons as inclusive as possible. The new publication, Principles of Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education, from Gender Spectrum focuses on five key principles for gender-inclusive puberty health and education: teaching students gender literacy; helping them understand natural variation; emphasizing physiology instead of gender; describing the “ many pathways” that children can grow into adult bodies; and, similarly, explaining the different pathways to starting a family.  
Promising Practices in Adoption and Foster Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Policies and Practices that Welcome, Affirm, and Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foster and Adoptive Parents The Promising Practices guide is the cornerstone of All Children-All Families as it outlines key benchmarks of LGBT cultural competency and providers a framework for agency affirmation of LGBT prospective parents.   2012
Psychological Functioning in Transgender Adolescents Before and After Gender-Affirmative Care Compared With Cisgender General Population Peers Anna I.R.van der Miesen M.D Purpose: Transgender adolescents are at risk for internalizing and externalizing problems, along with high suicidality rates, and poor peer relations. The present study compared transgender adolescents before and after gender-affirmative care with a sample of nonclinical age-equivalent cisgender adolescents from the general population on psychological well-being and aimed to investigate the possible effect of transgender care involving puberty suppression. Conclusions: Transgender adolescents show poorer psychological well-being before treatment but show similar or better psychological functioning compared with cisgender peers from the general population after the start of specialized transgender care involving puberty suppression.   June 2020
Psychosocial Characteristics of Transgender Youth Seeking Gender-Affirming Medical Treatment: Baseline Findings From the Trans Youth Care Study Diane Chen Ph.D Purpose: This study aimed to characterize two developmental cohorts of transgender and nonbinary youth enrolled in the Trans Youth Care Network Study and describe their gender identity–related milestones and baseline mental health and psychosocial functioning. Conclusions: GnRHa cohort youth appear to be functioning better from a psychosocial standpoint than GAH cohort youth, pointing to possible benefits of accessing gender-affirming treatment earlier in life.   June 2021
REACHING HIGHER: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth Reaching Higher was developed by the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence in an effort to reach an improved level of service delivery for LGBTQ youth and their families. The curriculum was developed to increase the competence of any family providing out of home care for youth—foster/adoptive families, kinship care families, guardianship families, or adoptive families. The curriculum is meant to enhance the skills of those providing direct care for LGBTQ youth. The curriculum with some adaptation may also be helpful for those providing care in group homes and residential care facilities.  
Recommendations for LGBTQQ Mentoring The National Mentoring Partnership The LGBTQ supplement to Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring responds to a longstanding call to extend the reach and quality of mentoring relationships to one of our nation’s most underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations — youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ). Part of a shared commitment by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to improve mentoring services to all children and youth across the country, the supplement offers step-by-step operations guidance to develop safer, more affirming, and responsive mentoring relationships for LGBTQ youth.  
Recommended LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families Cultural Competence Tools, Curricula, and Resources This synthesis recommends publicly available resources that can support workforce development in child-, youth-, and family-serving systems (e.g., schools, healthcare, child welfare, homelessness, juvenile justice). Resources are intended to support more competent practice and affirming, inclusive services and supports for LGBTQ children, youth, and families.   2015
Recommended Practice Guidelines: To Promote the Safety and Well–Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings The recommended practices offer guidance to state and local child welfare agencies to ensure safe, appropriate care in the best interests of LGBTQ children in the child welfare system.   2012
Recruiting, Training, and Retaining LGBTQ-Proficient Clinical Providers: A Workforce Development Toolkit National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people increasingly access care at health centers, the clinical workforce needs to be prepared to meet the unique health needs of LGBTQ patients. Finding LGBTQ-proficient providers, however, can present a challenge, especially outside major metropolitan areas.   May 2019
Reducing System Crossover for Black LGBTQ+ Girls & Nonbinary Youth Madeline Stern This publication from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform highlights the critical need to ensure that systems fully support Black LGBTQ+ girls and nonbinary youth--a population that is at higher risk for crossover (i.e., becoming dually-involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems) than their non-Black, non-LGBTQ+ peers. The white paper also provides recommendations to mitigate this disparity and improve the experiences of and outcomes for this population of young people.  
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


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