Learning Programs

Include, Empower and Affirm: Providing Culturally Competent Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in ACS Care

A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals

About Include, Empower and Affirm

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is committed to providing all youth and families served both by ACS and our contract provider agencies a safe, healthy, inclusive, affirming and discrimination-free environment. This includes any child, youth or family member receiving services from ACS divisions including Protective, Preventive, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice Placement, Detention or Alternative to Detention (ATD) and Alternative to Placement (ATP) settings, who identifies or is perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ).

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in child welfare and juvenile justice.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Be given guidance on providing safe, respectful, and affirming services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
  • Receive an overview of ACS’ policies and how to apply what they have learned into best practices when working with LGBTQ people.
  • Gain a better understanding regarding the needs of LGBTQ children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to be more fully prepared to provide the specific services and support for this vulnerable population.
  • Adopt a more sensitive, respectful and culturally competent practice as well as strategies to address bias in order to meet the needs of the youth and their families.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites required to take this course.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A one-day instructor led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.

Upcoming Dates