Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth

Note: The Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Foster, kinship, adoptive, and guardianship parents providing direct care for LGBTQ youth

Program Overview

This curriculum was developed to help foster, kinship, adoptive, and guardianship parents enhance their skills in providing direct care for LGBTQ youth. Designed for full-day facilitation, this curriculum consists of nine modules that will provide participants with information about the importance of improving child welfare practice with LGBTQ youth, including the impact and scope of LGBTQ youth in the foster care system; help participants to assess their own values and beliefs to identify strategies for balancing personal views with professional responsibilities; and increase competency in using accurate and culturally appropriate terminology. The modules also provide participants with guidance on effective engagement strategies for working with LGBTQ foster/adoptive youth and families, as well as assessing, supporting, and affirming young people in the process of “coming out”; describe how to manage day-to-day issues that arise in the foster/adoptive home when caring for LGBTQ youth; present strategies for advocating for LGBTQ youth in their homes, schools, foster/adoptive care settings, and communities; and help participants identify ways to increase their own learning and competence in working with LGBTQ youth and families.

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth.

Contact Information

National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
Website: www.nccwe.org/ET/cw-training-curricula.html
Email:
Phone: (212) 396-7562

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2019

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2019

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2019