Recommended Practices

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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

This publication consolidates and summarizes recommended practices derived from previous publications of the Child Welfare League of America, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care Project, Diane E. Elze, the Family Acceptance Project, Lambda Legal, Legal Services for Children, Gerald P. Mallon, Robin McHaelen, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Network for Youth and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, among others. We encourage agencies to refer to the original publications for additional contextual information about LGBTQ youth in foster care as well as detailed commentary supporting the practices recommended in the following pages.