Youth Acceptance Project

About the Youth Acceptance Project

The Youth Acceptance Project (YAP) is a clinical model that works with families of LGBTQ+ youth to address their fears and worries related to their LGBTQ+ child and help the family learn new and supportive behaviors to improve their youth’s well-being.

The YAP social workers/clinicians provide a trauma-informed, psycho-educational model while partnering with parents/caregivers; supporting them to process misinformation, resistance, fear, and grief that families often struggle with when they learn that their child is LGBTQ+. The result of this intervention has significant positive impact on the family’s functioning as well as lasting positive impacts on the overall wellness of LGBTQ+ children.

The Youth Acceptance Project:

Who is the Program for?

The YAP social workers/clinicians provide a trauma-informed, psycho-educational model while partnering with parents/caregivers; supporting them to process misinformation, resistance, fear, and grief that families often struggle with when they learn that their child is LGBTQ+. The result of this intervention has significant positive impact on the family’s functioning as well as lasting positive impacts on the overall wellness of LGBTQ+ children.

YAP is being implemented in the following states:

Testimonials

“Out of 26 families, 23 youth never left their families because they were stabilized, and the families became affirming of their child. Of the youth who were showing suicidal behaviors at the start of the program, 100% of them were no longer doing so by the end of the program.”

“The Youth Acceptance Project clinicians also work with parents’ reconciliation of their values and beliefs (faith, family, community) in such a way that allows them to be affirming of their child.”

 

How do I bring YAP to my organization?

To implement YAP in your practice or within your organization, 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.

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