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Spring 2019 Speaker Series

Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

This series brings renowned speakers from across the country to present on their work in addressing the needs, challenges and outcomes facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning youth and their families involved in the child welfare system. Scroll down for info on each date and registration links.

All sessions are free of charge and accredited by DHS University. 

CEU credit are available for Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and LPCs and Continuing Legal Education Credit. Please note, CEU credit is provided free of charge.CLE credits are provided at a charge of $10 per credit. Payment for CLE credit can be made at the time of the training.**

February 18, 2019 – 2:00pm-3:30pm
“Voices of LGBTQ youth in care”
Hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Colket Building
3501 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here to register.

  • Examine diversity of LGBTQ foster youth and explore ways to engage them with respect to the multiple identities they have and the challenges they face.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the impact sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) can have on foster youth’s safety, including the experiences of bullying, harassment and violence for LGBTQ youth in care.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the impact SOGIE can have on foster youth’s well-being, including: how to incorporate the concept of “normalcy” in our care for LGBTQ youth, how to uphold LGBTQ foster youth’s rights to improve their experiences from “surviving” to “thriving.”

March 14, 2019 – 2:00pm-3:30pm
“Moving a child welfare system to be more affirming for LGBTQ youth: an overview of strategies, challenges and lessons learned.”
Hosted by USciences – McNeil Science and Technology Center
4308 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here to register.

  • Be able to identity  at least three strategies that can be used to facilitate culture change in a child welfare agency.
  •  Gain a better understanding of the challenges that may be encountered when working towards system level change. 
  • Become familiar with the steps necessary to lay the foundation to begin culture change work.

April 18, 2019 – 2:00pm-3:30pm
“Cultivating Pride and Joy within Families of Trans Youth”
Hosted by Temple University – Women’s Center – 821 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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  • Participants will gain knowledge about the range of parental responses and emotions when a child comes out as transgender;
  • Participants will be able to discuss the risks associated with lack of familial support for trans youth;
  • Participants will develop strategies for diffusing “rejection” and enhancing parental understanding and support

May 22, 2019 – 2:00pm-3:30pm
“Getting from research to implementing change”
Hosted by UPenn School of Social Policy and Practice- University of Pennsylvania 
Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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  • Participants will learn about the barriers to permanency, well being, and stability that youth with diverse SOGIE in systems of care face
  • Participants will hear about previous and current efforts across the country to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth and their families in child welfare
  • Participants will acquire a road map for starting change efforts within their own systems.

June 20, 2019 – 2:00pm-4:00pm
NIA CLARK – Keynote Speaker
“Becoming an Active-Ally: How to Cultivate More Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth & Adults”
Hosted by: USciences- McNeil Science and Technology Center
4308 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here to register.

  • Learn what it means to be an active-ally for sexual & gender minority youth.
  • Review & practice methods to roll out your agency’s welcome mat for LGBT prospective parents.
  • Discover ways to incorporate queer voices in your programming through ambassadorship opportunities.

** Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy maintains responsibility for the program(s).