Agencies serving children, youth, young adults, and their families should provide services that meet the unique needs of LGBTQ+ populations. Programs that are specific to the populations’ needs take into consideration the complexities of disclosing LGBTQ+ identities, the possible rejection from family and friends, and affirming medical care many LGBTQ+ people need.
Over the course of 5 years, the SOGIE Center’s QIC-LGBTQ2S partnered with four Local Implementation Sites: Allegheny County, Michigan, Cuyahoga County, and Prince George’s County. Together, the sites, program purveyors, and the QIC-LGBTQ2S developed, implemented, and evaluated several best practices and programs. The result of the five-year effort was the development and refinement of 9 manualized and evidence-informed interventions that can now be replicated in similar settings. Click on a program below to learn more!
The National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for LGBTQ2S Children and Youth in Foster Care (QIC-LGBTQ2S) was a program lead by The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The project was funded by 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. To learn more about our work visit the Children’s Bureau’s website and watch the highlight video below!