Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems

Note: The Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Child welfare staff working with LGBTQ youth

Program Overview

This curriculum focuses on improving service delivery for LGBTQ youth and their families and aims to increase the competence and enhance the skill of child welfare staff working with LGBTQ youth in all types of out-of-home situations. It consists of eight modules that will provide information on 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 guide child welfare workers in assessing, supporting, and affirming young people in the process of “coming out,” provide effective engagement strategies for working with LGBTQ foster youth and families; describe strategies for advocating for LGBTQ youth in their homes, schools, foster care settings, and communities; and help participants identify ways that they can increase their 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: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems.

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