Foster care and adoptions receives awards for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion
Ramsey County foster care and adoptions have been nationally recognized as innovators in supporting and serving LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning and two-spirit) youth and families.
The two programs were recently awarded the highest possible “Innovator” and “You Are Welcome Here” seals of recognition by the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children-All Families initiative. These awards build upon inclusive work begun in 2018 when Ramsey County became the first agency in Minnesota to receive a Human Rights Campaign seal. With this recognition, the county is designated as a leader in achieving safety, permanency and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ youth and families and in policy advocacy and organizational partnerships.
- Hosting a series of required LGBTQ2S+ trainings both online and in-person for their staff, Fostering Connections and management.
- Updating more forms and resource guides with inclusive language and adding LGBTQ2S+ content in trainings for foster families.
- Creating LQBTQS+ recruitment materials, participating in Twin Cities Pride, establishing an LGBTQ2S+ staff steering committee and hiring an LGBTQ2S+ advocate.
In addition, foster care and adoptions continues to work with Ampersand Families and RECLAIM for ongoing LGBTQ2S+ competency training for all of Social Services staff, with trainings exclusively for foster care, adoptions and Fostering Connections.
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HRC’s All Children-All Families project promotes LGBTQ cultural competency among child welfare agencies through innovative resources, including and online agency self-assessment tool, comprehensive staff training, free technical assistance and more. Learn more on the Human Rights Committee’s website.