Chosen Affirming Family Finding (CAFF) is a culturally adapted intervention inspired by Family Finding approaches. CAFF works with young people to:
Chosen Affirming Family Finding:
Chosen Affirming Family Finding is designed to work with LGBTQ+ young people involved with the child welfare system who need or want to expand their family network, including chosen family. CAFF is designed to help the young person identify people in their lives who can provide support now and throughout their life. CAFF then works with those people to help them understand the young person’s LGBTQ+ identity and the best ways to affirm and support them with their identity and transition into adulthood.
This short data dashboard gives a snapshot of the preliminary findings of CAFF that should help agencies and providers determine whether CAFF would meet their needs and goals. For questions on the data and information represented in this dashboard, please contact the National SOGIE Center at SOGIECenter@uconn.edu.
“I’m doing better now that I’m back with my family.” – Youth
“I feel very powerful.” – Youth (in response to creating their permanency plan)
“I feel like a weight has been lifted now that I’m with my family. I can finally be myself.” – Youth
“We almost gave up looking for him. Then you called.” – Brother of CAFF youth
“I have people.” – Youth
“You [Family Development Specialist] really cared about my relationship to my child and made it possible for me to see my child.” – Parent of CAFF youth (who hadn’t seen their child in years)
To implement Chosen Affirming Family Finding in your practice or within your organization, please email Kinnect at email@example.com. For more information on programs for LGBTQ+ youth and families, please email the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for LGBTQ2S Children and Youth in Foster Care at SOGIECenter@UConn.edu.