Promoting the Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ People & Their Families

The National Center for Youth with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (The National SOGIE Center), provides a centralized site for accessing resources on providing culturally responsive care to children, youth, young adults with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) and their families across systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health (including school mental health), substance use systems, and housing and homelessness.

What We Offer

The SOGIE Center provides training, technical assistance, and implementation support for creating culturally responsive systems for children, youth, and families with diverse SOGIE. Click on one of our areas of expertise below to learn more!

Youth, Family & Caregiver Programming​

The SOGIE Center has partnered with communities and program purveyors to develop, implement, and evaluate several best practices and programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. The result of the five-year effort was the development and refinement of evidence-informed interventions that can now be replicated. Click on a program below to learn more!

Who We Are

The SOGIE Center is a collaborative led by Innovations Institute at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and is comprised the following organizations that work to improve the lives of children and youth with diverse SOGIE involved in systems of care.

The SOGIE Center, and many of the resources in it, were supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau to improve permanency, stability, and wellbeing for youth in foster care who identified as LGBTQ2S under grant # 90CW1145. This grant funded the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for LGBTQ2S Children and Youth in Foster Care (QIC-LGBTQ2S) which created guides on SOGIE data collection, organizational change initiatives, workforce trainings, and fully manualized programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Visit the Children’s Bureau’s website to read more about their funding in support of LGBTQ+ youth.

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