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Permanent Families for LGBTQ Children and Youth      in Foster Care in Los Angeles County                        The RISE ...
RISE                                                                                  The NeedLGBTQ youth languish in fost...
RISE                                                                                     The FocusFederal Permanency Innov...
RISE                 The Theory of ChangeThe theory of change espoused by the Los AngelesGay and Lesbian Center’s (LAGLC) ...
RISE Interventions                                                           Outreach and             Care Coordination Te...
RISE Perspective On Permanency            Legal         Emotional           Durable                 The RISE Initiative is...
RISE An Emphasis on Research & EvaluationRISE is a 5-year demonstration and research project aimed at:  Competently and sa...
RISE                                                                Key PartnersFoster Care Providers Five Acres Hathaway-...
RISE                                                                                  Year OneEvaluation Plan submittedImp...
RISE                                                            Case ReviewsCommonalities among the Cases-    Increase in ...
RISE                                 Youth Speak OutsBoundaries need to be put into place and staff needs to be heldaccoun...
RISE   DCFS Staff & Agency Provider Speak OutsCase workers would like a “script” to help guide them when theyare discussin...
RISE 5 Year Schedule            Year 1   Year 2           Year 3                                Year 4                    ...
RISE                          Contact InformationCurt Shepard, Director, Children, Youth & Family Services      323.860-36...
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5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion

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5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion

Speaker: Curtis Shepard

It is important that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)youth receive culturally-competent services that consider their unique trajectory into, and experience of, homelessness. LGBTQ youth have an opportunity for improved outcomes when programs provide interventions that facilitate healthy family connections, provide equal access and treatment, and foster their positive development by connecting them with affirming LGBTQ health and community services.

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  • Dissemination of findings (e.g. journal articles)stable reunification or permanency with kin and adoptive families and achieve durable connections and find their “forever home” – the home to which they return for Thanksgiving at age 35.
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    1. 1. Permanent Families for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care in Los Angeles County The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 1 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    2. 2. RISE The NeedLGBTQ youth languish in foster care - LGBTQ youth lose their placements more frequently - Multiple placements = lack of educational progress - 100% of LGBTQ youth in group homes report abuse - LGBTQ youth more readily give up on family connections and age out with nowhere to go The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 2 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    3. 3. RISE The FocusFederal Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII)LAGLC one of 6 projects funded nationwide-- $13.3 million for a 5-year demonstration project toimprove… i. Safety ii. Wellbeing iii. Permanency…for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 3 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    4. 4. RISE The Theory of ChangeThe theory of change espoused by the Los AngelesGay and Lesbian Center’s (LAGLC) RISE Initiative isthat: When lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) foster youth and their families are competently identified and appropriately served, then they can achieve safe and stable permanency. The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 4 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    5. 5. RISE Interventions Outreach and Care Coordination Team Identification Survey Relationship Building (CCT) (I) (O) RISE will create CCTs using a wraparound approach RISE will create an RISE will provide LGBTQ combined with family finding anonymous survey of foster competency training to and engagement, plus RISE Training & youth ages 11+ years that public and private agency LGBTQ-competencyCoaching Institute focuses on safety and youth strategies, in order to staff, and use posters and(TCI) that develops development domains, which increase durable connections and supports includes questions designed other visual symbols in the and emotional and legal training and to assess the proportion of environment to permanence by reducing coaching efforts lesbian, gay, bisexual, communicate barriers to permanency for needed for the that diversity in sexual transgender and questioning LGBTQ youth at risk for long three orientation and interventions (LGBTQ) youth in foster care. term foster care, including gender expression as well those arising from as equal rights are valued. heterosexism and anti- transgender bias. A system level intervention An organizational level A child and family level intervention intervention Improve permanency for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system by reducing heterosexism and anti-transgender bias. 5
    6. 6. RISE Perspective On Permanency Legal Emotional Durable The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 6 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    7. 7. RISE An Emphasis on Research & EvaluationRISE is a 5-year demonstration and research project aimed at: Competently and safely identifying LGBTQ children and youth, Creating a climate/ecology of acceptance for them Coordinating their care, and Producing trained, competent professionals to serve them. Intended long-term outcome: LGBTQ children & youth gain forever homes. It is hoped that RISE Interventions will be replicable across the country The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 7 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    8. 8. RISE Key PartnersFoster Care Providers Five Acres Hathaway-Sycamores Children & Family Services Penny Lane Centers Southern California Foster Family and Adoptions Agency Vista Del MarHomeless Youth Providers Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP)Other Key Partners L.A. County Courts, DCFS and DMH Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 8 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    9. 9. RISE Year OneEvaluation Plan submittedImplementation Plan approved by Children’s BureauLeadership structure established and operationalCollected data about LGBTQ children & youth in fostercare, and the experiences of staff : Baseline Data (GLASS residential placements) Case Reviews of 20 closed and 20 open cases Youth Speak Outs DCFS Staff & Agency Provider Speak Outs Expert Roundtable on Outreach & Identification The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 9 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    10. 10. RISE Case ReviewsCommonalities among the Cases- Increase in suicidal ideation; Lack of connecting struggles with sexual orientation or gender identity with acting out behaviors; Children who seemed to fare best had stability and stayed in one placement for an extended period of time; There is a disconnect between training and practice; and Youth who were older or entered the system at an older age had more successful outcomes. The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 10 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    11. 11. RISE Youth Speak OutsBoundaries need to be put into place and staff needs to be heldaccountable for their actions when they are disrespectfultowards LGBTQ youth.Staff need to be trained thoroughly on LGBTQ issues and thereshould be a specialized training on transgender issues.Safety is the biggest issue for youth, workers need to let LGBTQyouth know that they are safe in their care. The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 11 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    12. 12. RISE DCFS Staff & Agency Provider Speak OutsCase workers would like a “script” to help guide them when theyare discussing LGBTQ issues.The majority of staff at both DCFS and partner agencies were notaware of AB 458 which bans discrimination based on actual orperceived sexual orientation or gender identity.Top-down insistence on agency-wide adherence to non-discrimination policies and laws. The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 12 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    13. 13. RISE 5 Year Schedule Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Plan Develop And Test Scale-up and Evaluate Est.number of children --- ~ 20 ~ 80 ~ 80 ~ 100 served The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 13 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
    14. 14. RISE Contact InformationCurt Shepard, Director, Children, Youth & Family Services 323.860-3615 cshepard@lagaycenter.orgLisa Parrish, Director, RISE 323.860-3628 lparrish@lagaycenter.orgCorri Frohlich, Administrative Coordinator, RISE 323.860-3624 cfrohlich@lagaycenter.org The RISE Initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on 14 Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90-CT-0154.
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